Cuba: Doors of Matanza

The Cubans have a wonderful cultural heritage in their architecture. I took many photos of doors and windows and rooftops and cornices and walls. So many of the doors in Cuba were open and I wondered about the stories of those who entered and exited them. My inspiration for this post was the blog Norman 2.0 and Norm’s Thursday Doors. […]

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Cuba: A Quiet Place in Havana

We were touring Havana and our guide took us to the Plaza de San Francisco, a plaza close to Havana Harbor and rich in history dating back to 1575 when the land was first drained. This has always been an important square, servicing merchant ships with markets and where goods entered, including slaves. We had toured the opera house, waited […]

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Cuba: A Resilient People

My take-away impression of the Cuban people after visiting for 8 days was that the people are resilient and resourceful. It is a poor country and people work hard for low wages in government jobs, but many are also taking advantage of the government’s decision to issue licences for people to open private restaurants and B & B rooms. ¬†People […]

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Cuban Pharmaceuticals

One of our first stops was in Matanzas, east of Havana on an historically important port off the Florida Straits. We strolled a city square and visited the Museo Farmaceutico de Matanzas. Supposedly it is the only pharmaceutical museum in the world and reflects Fidel Castro’s interest in and strong financial support for building world-class pharmaceutical and biotech scientific industries. […]

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