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Will Obama Lift the U.S. Travel Ban to Cuba?

If you were planning to study abroad in Cuba in the fall of 2005, chances are that the U.S. Department of the Treasury thwarted your plans. The Bush administration further restricted travel to Cuba in 2004, resulting in the collapse of many study abroad programs across the country. However, a ... read more

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Culture Shock

Foreigner put in the hot seat

John Clarke

05 Mar 2009

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Cubans tend to ask foreigners a number of questions, starting with, 'What are you doing here?' Typically, they will invite you into their homes to talk more, and no topic is off-limits, from government to fashion to sports to news.

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Must Do

Play Dominoes and learn more than just strategic tile moves

Whitney Pray

23 Jun 2009

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If you ever find yourself strolling the streets of Havana, you will inevitably hear a faint clinking of tiles or see a group of older men sitting around a small table on their patio. That's when you know it's Dominoes time. Games are lively, loud, fun, and usually full of slamming tiles and enthusiastic outbursts, not to mention some good arguments or comments about Cuba. Because of all this, you can get a full Cuban experience from simply watching one of these games. Better yet, and much more fun, participate in a round. Although you will surely not have as much skill or strategy as the pros, they might just fill you in on the wisdom and complexities of the game--and of life in Cuba.

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Food

Shell out for seafood

John Clarke

05 Mar 2009

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Seafood in Cuba is no less than incredible. The lobster there, which I only had a on a few special occasions, stood out as being particularly delicious.

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Music

Take to the street for music

Elisabet Rodríguez

05 Mar 2009

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Elisabet Rodríguez

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In Cuba, it's not necessary to go to a club or concert to find great music -- every restaurant and coffee shop is full of high-quality artists and musicians. And if you don't feel like paying to hear music, just hang out on the street.

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Sports

National loyalty comes to bat

Michael Fletcher

05 Mar 2009

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Every province has a baseball team, but the Havana Industriales are the dynasty — sort of like the Yankees of Cuba. Their big rival is a Santiago de Cuba, a team from the other major city of the island. During home games, the Havana crowd shouts 'palestinos' at the Santiago crowd because the people from Santiago are known for migrating to Havana, and therefore do not live in their homeland.

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Nightlife

With two bottles of rum, even the bus ride becomes a party

Heather Kirkwood

05 Mar 2009

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House parties always consist of pepinos (old soda or water bottles) full of homemade rum, and lots of salsa and reggaeton music. My favorite weekend was when I went camping with my Cuban friends. On our way there, the bus driver pulled over for us so that we could get our second bottle of rum out from the under-carriage; we had passed the first bottle around the bus so many times that one liter didn't even last the first hour!

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Being an American

Cubans see American people differently than their leaders

Michael Fletcher

05 Mar 2009

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President Bush was hated by Cubans, but American citizens are very well-received. Most Cubans have no trouble separating our people from our government.

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