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... The same architect who designed the Breakers in Palm Beach, FL designed the hotel. There was a strong partnership with Spain and most of the tiles came from Seville, and they are gorgeous. In 1929-30 it cost $7 million to build. It is a national historic site and the government runs it, as it runs most hotels in Cuba. We visited the bunkers on-site from the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Estela was in the bunkers during the Crisis at age 18 ...
... year independence war against the brutal Spanish colonial power is held but crushed by the colonial power. In 1895 a second independence war is started but not more successful than the first.
Over time the United States as an independent and more and more powerful country in the world had become increasingly interested in Cuba. When brutal fights between the Cubans and the colonial power of Spain continued after the end of the second war of independence, the US stationed ...
... in effect, Cuba became a Soviet dependency. The Soviets purchased Cuban sugar at grossly inflated prices and sold Cuba oil and many other necessities at heavily subsidized prices. The Castro regime developed a world class universal education and healthcare system, but the economy was and is grossly distorted by central control and planning, price and wage control. Even today, the government mandated salary for just about everyone is around $25 a month. When the Soviet Union collapsed ...
... eleven medical students who were assassined sometime during the reign of the Spanish, I think in 1871. They do this every year on the 27th of November, and I was told that if the current school- and university-students didn’t take part they would fail their grades.
Banners with the words “Vivan Fidel y Raul” were carried along with the Cuban flag which was also waved from windows and roof-tops, the word “revolución” echoed between the ...
... people do ask for food and on the occasions we have handed over a banana or part of pizza and they have been very grateful. We don’t see people going hungry but there is certainly a lack fo variety and quantity.
I was told today that in the 1960’s you could be sent to prison for a year if you were caught speaking English. Everyone learnt Russian in School until 1992, when the soviet fell. Overnight Cubans started learning English at school. On a separate ...
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