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Cuban made catamaran to cross the Straight of Florida.

Cuban home made catamaran

This past weekend I spend a day a house in stillsvile; this is one of seven houses located on the water near Biscayne Bay in Miami Florida. I’m a Boy Scout assistant scout master for troop 811 in Miami, Florida, the boys loved the house, they were having fun in the water and fishing all […]

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Jesus is a carpenter in Cuba.

Last time I visited Cuba I was impressed by the resilience of the cuban people. Everyone there has a way to make money outside of  the government boundaries.  My friend Alberto taught himself how to make pizza, Vladimir sells hand crafted goods to tourists, and  Robertico (an old communist leader) sells peanut nougats and other sweets. […]

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The Canimar River Bridge. Matanzas, Cuba December 2010

Matanzas is a beautiful city approximately 50 miles from Havana.  The city sits on a scenic bay with many rivers passing thru the city.  Many know Matanzas by the nickname the city of bridges.  I visited the Canimar river bridge in Matanzas in December 2010 with my aunt and cousins. We spent the day fishing […]

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Cuban Business before and after.

I visited my cousin and he shared some stories with me about his father.  He pulled out an old photo album and showed me an old picture of himself in 1958 working at his dad’s business. The business was a small local cafeteria that served breakfast, coffee and sandwiches. He remembered how his dad used […]

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Cuban Pesos

Cuba has two currencies, on one currency Cubans earn their salaries and use it to pay for their government rationing; this one is called CUP.  The second currency is one with a higher value on which tourists or Cuban with families in other countries deal called CUC. $0.90 (dollar) = 1 CUC = 24 CUP (cuban Pesos) […]

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A day in Havana

We wake up in Havana December 22, 2010. We are happy to be with our family and had planned our day to run some errands and later in the afternoon visit the “Acuario Nacional” (National Aquarium). We get into my father’s car, a 1952 Chevy. The car looks pretty good and it runs, not well, […]

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First Night In Havana

After arriving at the Havana airport we took like 2 hours to get out of the airport. The procedures to inspect and pay the customs fees were cumbersome.  Imagen around 200 people each carrying like an average of 2 big tubular 70 pound each luggage.   People coming from Miami bring big bags full of things they […]

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My Trip to Cuba in 2010

In December 2010 I visited Cuba with my wife and kids. We were really exited to visit our family again. We had visited in December 2009 but left with a feeling we need it to spend more time with them.  After so many years apart 7 days the first time was not enough when my immediate […]

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