Lenny Dorsey on the Malecon in Havana, Cuba

Lenny Dorsey on the Malecon in Havana, Cuba; (c) Soul Of America

Cuba

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Cuba is a large, mysterious, soulful and charming country. Most of that mystery is due to U.S. embargo of Cuban trade. Though President Obama lifted some embargo constraints against Cuba, others remain for now.

History
Fidel Castro outlawed racism, but its seeds embed the 2-class economic system hurting darker hues.

Cuban Salsa
A Cuban dance known as Casino was marketed abroad as Cuban Salsa or Salsa Cubana.

Havana
Its residents are a colorful amalgamation of Taino Indians, Spanish, Africans, French & Haitians.

Trinidad
Located along the southeastern coast of the island, this city also has breathtaking offshore islands.

Cienfuegos
I sat with my friends at a table in front of Café Teatro Terry on the north end of Parque Martí for lunch.

Matanzas
Called the City of Bridges, Matanzas also has an alluring mix of beachfront, historic sites & culture.

Travel Tips
It is against Cuban law to accept U.S. Currency and American credit cards are not accepted.



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