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Film Buffs in Cuba
by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

One of the most pleasant memories from my childhood has to do with the inerasable magic of discovering the cinemas in Havana. As I grew up, the possibilities of finding new, unique auditoriums also grew and expanded. I refer to the end of the 1960s and into the 1970s, a time when Havana’s neighborhood [read full story]

Chronicles of a country told in celluloid
by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

For Cubans of my generation, going to the movies has always been a happy occasion. It has also been a rather spiritual way of cultivating friendships, making new friends and finding unexpected passions. Generally speaking, in one way or another, the inhabitants of this Island have spent the twentieth century showing their passion for the [read full story]

What’s a “habanero”?
by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

Havana is being transformed. Many are enthusiastic and quite a few are skeptical, but the verdict is in: Havana is changing. Daily life in the city is becoming richer with all the new possibilities being offered by private initiatives and with the openings associated with the world of communications. We are being swamped with café [read full story]

Havana’s Art Deco highlights
by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

Art deco made a deep impression on architects and public alike, perhaps because making use of more ‘noble’ elements from Egyptian art, in fashion thanks to recent archaeological discoveries, and some classical reminiscences which fell in with the neo-classicist and eclectic styles preferred by the rich criollos to exhibit their solidity and opulence, it ‘brought [read full story]

The Maqueta de la Habana – Mini me

There are few better ways to understand the geography of Havana than to see it all laid out in miniature form in the Maqueta de la Habana. It took me years to understand how the city fits together. A morning at the Maqueta and I would have saved myself lots of wild-goose chases! This is [read full story]

Industriales: Havana’s baseball team!
by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

This city has painters who won’t consider any other color than bright blue. It is the bright blue we all immediately associate with the capital’s baseball team, the Industriales. Writer Leonardo Padura has made the tongue-in-cheek comment that in life you can change your wife, your political party, even your country, but you [read full story]

Run, Charlie, Run

Marabana Marathon Havana, November 15, 2015 It is dark outside, 5:30am. Wishful thinking that I could simply sleep in and let the Havana marathon wait another year. I have, after, all been signed in various times over the years and never quite made it. Unfortunately, I have a pick-up arranged and the phone wakes me from my [read full story]

Havana and the smell of its foods
by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

There is a popular saying in Havana that there is a chef under every rock. In other words, there is an army of cooks at work preparing delicacies for families and friends. This is a city where food appears around every corner and both locals and visitors easily fall prey to the sin of gluttony. [read full story]

Havana’s Quinta Avenida
by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

Visitors to Havana are often stunned by the wide, palm-tree lined Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue, after emerging from the narrow, winding streets of Old Havana. Coming out of the tunnel that connects Fifth Avenue with Calzada Street in Vedado, it feels like you have entered a completely different city. If the straight and level [read full story]

Havana Dressed in Green
by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

I have always preferred and admired cities that protect and encourage their “green assets,” or in other words, their botanical diversity. The quality of our lives would not be the same without it. Call them forests, gardens, farms or parks, those areas are important for the metabolism of societies that respect their citizens and contribute [read full story]