Cuba Facts

Long Name: Republic of Cuba Location: Caribbean Sea Area (in sq km): 110860 Capital: Havana Agricultural Products: sugar, tobacco, citrus, coffee, rice, potatoes, beans; livestock Demonym: Cuban(s) Agricultural Labor Force %: .8 Religions: Roman Catholic Industrial Labor Force %: 22.2 Service Labor Force %: 74 Languages: Spanish GDP Growth %: 3.1 Location: Caribbean Sea Resources:…

Breakfast in Cuba

In 2017, I visited Cuba twice and stayed with the same family both times. I paid to stay with them. This is a customary practice in Cuba. Homes that rent rooms to guests are called ‘casa particulares’. For an extra fee I was served breakfast each morning that included fresh fruit, eggs and cheese, bread,…

By Far, 2017…

By far my most adventurous year to date has been 2017. I traveled to 17 new countries that year. Here’s a look back on the people I met and the places I visited. Sadly, I also lost my cousin that year.

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2007 — I took a leap of faith and traveled to South Korea that year. My first friend in Korea and neighbor was also born in 1979 on 10-09. 2013 — Hanguel (Korean Language) Day became a national holiday that year. Thereafter I found it easier to schedule parties or trips on my birthday so…

Just Dates?

1979: I was born on the same day, October 9, that historians agree Hanguel, the Korean language, was proclaimed in 1446, which was also the day on which Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara de la Serna was assassinated by Bolivian agents working under the order of the US CIA, in 1967. 1985: I took my first Tae…

Despite the American Embargo

Despite the American Embargo against Cuba, I went to Cuba this year, twice. The embargo has little to do with me, and Cubans seemed to care less about the things their government and my government do. Cuban ingenuity and tenacity shined through on my visit and I felt welcomed and very safe walking the streets…

The Embassy?

I was standing across the street from the US Embassy filming a time-lapse video of the sunrise. A police officer approached me after he observing me over the course of about ten minutes. He asked to see my passport, which I surrendered and he radioed my number to another officer on the other end of…

2017 … So Far

I had been working in Dammam, Saudi Arabia since August 2016. I hadn’t been to the capital city, Riyadh, yet. However, things soon changed for me. Dammam is only a thirty minute car ride from Bahrain. On weekends I made my way to Bahrain’s capital city, Manama.   In late January I took a trip…

Old Havana

Old Havana is better maintained than the rest of Havana. I was confused as to why it was called ‘old’ Havana because much of the rest of Havana is in dire need of attention and looks much older.  I found the dark skinned women who smoke large cigars, who are emblematic of Cuba. I found…