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Fabrica de Arte Cubano “FAC”...

Fábrica de Arte Cubano (FAC) is my absolute favorite evening hangout in the world. Located at 11 and 26 in Vedado (La Habana), the establishment was originally the headquarters for Havana’s electricity company, then became an olive oil factory. The world famous Cuban artist X Alfonso has truly transformed this space into one of the most unique arts venues in the world. From the moment you walk in pay your CUC$2 and get your drink card (don’t lose it or you pay CUC$30 at end of the visit), you can feel something different about this place. The rawness of it, the...
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5 Reasons to go to Cuba

The people! Yes, four out of five people you meet will try, in some way, to hustle or sell you something, but if you made $25 a month, wouldn’t you? After you pass the hustle or sell stage, you will find some of the most warm and fun people anywhere. The fabulous architecture! Anywhere you go in La Habana Vieja (old), or Central Havana, your eyes will feast on some amazing facades. Some may be a disaster, while some are amazingly beautiful, but either way, there is nothing like it in South or North America. The art! There are no less than 10 major museums and...
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Never underestimate a Cuban!

Even though this is more Miami Cuban… I thought I would share the story because, it is so us.   A Cuban lawyer from la calle ocho walked into the First City Bank, in downtown Miami and asked for the loan officer. He told the loan officer that he was going to the Bahamas on business for two weeks and needed to borrow $5,000 and that he was not a depositor of the bank. The bank officer told him that the bank would need some form of security for the loan, so the Cuban handed over the keys to his new Ferrari. The car was parked on the street, in front of the bank....
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Palpable Emotions

With only one week pending until the long awaited viaje (trip) to Cuba with a native Cuban my partner of ten years….Don Peter! I am anxious as a first time (virgin) traveler to Cuba, and thrilled at the possibilities that await. From the azure waters to the sulfur spring mud baths, reviewing nautical charts, and maps, seeking out beaches, restaurants and a myriad of places to check out. The process includes: venturing into the closet, puling out one 44 lb suitcase (20kilos max on Cubana Airlines), selecting outfits, since temperatures will be in the 90’s with...
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5 Things to bring to Cuba

  Cash!  Not dollars, bring Euros,Canadian dollars, Pounds, Yen, Swiss Francs, or Mexican pesos because, after the exchanges fees you will get 10% less cuc in dollars over the other acceptable currencies. No where did I find any business that accepted credit cards except for exchange houses as long as it is not a US issued card.   If you have a non-US credit card your exchange fee is the same on your card as your currency 3%. Tip: use a money belt in Cuba. Toilet paper! Yes, you read correctly and I write this from experience unless you want to use banana leaves or...