Tag Archives: Havana

I asked Delta Airlines a simple question on Twitter. What ensued was tragicomical

I’ve been thinking about what to do on New Year’s eve and today I got the idea to check whether flights to Havana were reasonably priced. I have been to Cuba already, but now with the U.S.-Cuban thaw and direct … Continue reading

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Let’s end the Cuban embargo, and help Cubans build a better homeland

Yesterday morning we woke up to the good news that Alan Gross, the American contractor who was arrested in Cuba in December 2009 and sentenced to 15 years in prison for importing satellite phones and computer equipment without a Cuban … Continue reading

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Cuba is changing for the better—but will that kill “The System”?

I remember, growing up in the evil empire of the Soviet Union, nobody could go abroad if the KGB didn’t deem you worthy. Not even to the Soviet satellite states—like Poland or Yugoslavia. If you wanted to go abroad, you … Continue reading

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Cuba, part XI: They are happy—despite everything

It’s seems to be a part of the southerners’ psyche not to worry much about earthly matters and concentrate on “more important” things in life. I’ve seen this same attitude in Spain and Italy where people don’t tend to worry … Continue reading

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Cuba, part VI: How on earth do these things even move?

I think it’s safe to say that Cuba is extremely famous for two things: cigars and… cars. And it’s not because the Cuban car industry has ever produced something magnificent—partly because there’s no such thing as Cuban car industry—but because … Continue reading

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Cuba, part V: The best tobacco… in the world

The legend is that US President John F Kennedy told his adviser to order one thousand Cuban Upmann cigars just one day before signing the Cuban embargo into a law. Hypocritical? Perhaps. But if that legend is true, it shows … Continue reading

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Cuba, part II: Our man in Havana

Back in the 1940ies, Graham Greene wrote the first version of his story that later became known as “Our Man in Havana”. Interestingly though, the first version of the story was set in 1938, in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, … Continue reading

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Cuba, part I: Back to the USSR

Having been born in the Soviet Union and having endured “life” (it’s like in a mausoleum—you’re not really alive, but they won’t bury you either) there for 13 years, I know that I never want to live in such a … Continue reading

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