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Cuban music is said to be one of the most recognized and well-known all around the world, and the reason for this could lie in its creolized (stemming from different languages) European and African origins.
Music generally is all over the place in Cuba, from trombones of timba echoing
within the streets and jazz music drumming soaring from underground room bars to guitar songs coming from the cafes in Old Havana.
Music nowadays has grown to be one of the main points of interest for Cuban tourism. An incredible number of guests travel each year for this remote
and interesting tropical isle to get acquainted with the celebrations and relish the rum, sun’s rays, music, and dancing that best describe Cuba.
Fun facts about old cars in Cuba: ● Cuba has about 60,000 vintage American cars.
● Cubans often use restored cars for special celebrations. For transportation, locals get around in shabbier cabs (generally, “machinas:” unrestored older cars), and pay considerably less than tourists, who cruise in shiny vintage vehicles.
● Specially tailored tours give car-club members and auto executives a drivers-side view of Cuba.
● Santiago de Cuba boasts the National Transportation Museum (known familiarly as “The Automobile Museum”), which houses an extensive display of miniatures, and cars once driven by notable islanders.
Fun Facts about Cuba ➣Cuba is located in the Caribbean Sea, between the Gulf of Mexico and the North Atlantic Ocean. It is 90 miles (150 km) south of Florida. ➣The closest countries to Cuba are Jamaica to the south and Haiti to the east. ➣Its area is 42,803 square miles (110,860 sq km).
➣Temperature Ranges from 71.6°F (22°C) to 81°F (27.2°C).
➣85 percent of the population are nominally Roman Catholic. The other 15 percent identify as Protestant, Jehovah's Witness, Jewish, and
➣The official language used in Cuba is Spanish.
➣There are two currencies in Cuba — Cuban convertible pesos (CUC), and Cuban pesos. Visitors use CUC currency.
Guayabita, which means “little guava” is found in the Pinar del Rio region of Cuba, where there’s a particular tree whose berries are tiny guavas. They’re about the size of a blueberry. Someone got the bright idea of infusing the flavor from these guayabitas into a sugarcane liquor.
In 1892, Guayabita went from being just local homebrew to a commercial product. And today it’s one of the most distinctive drinks in Cuba.
There are two types of Guayabita del Pinar, dry and sweet. The far more common type is the dry type. The background of the label is white, and
the banner is a deep pink.
Cuba is famous for its beautiful and excellent beaches. Hence, one of the most popular forms of tourism here is beach tourism. Some of the finest beaches in the Caribbean are found in this country. Some of these beaches are isolated and yet to be explored.
The coastlines have soft and white sand, and the seas have beautiful and electrifying blue water. Many of these beach resorts offer water sports, scuba diving, snorkeling, and more.
Some of the popular beaches include Varadero, Playa Ancon, and Santa Lucia. Some of the cays that are frequented by the tourists are Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Paredon Grande, and Cayo Sabinal, which lie on the northern coast of Cuba.
Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball. Traditionally, a mojito is a cocktail that consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint.
Mojo means a magic charm or talisman. It likely has roots in an African language. Some believe that the name was introduced by the slaves in Cuba who worked on sugar cane farms. This theory is often dismissed by
historians who think this is more likely the origin of the word daiquiri.
The history of this aged drink is a mystery, but most are sure it was concocted in the 1500s, making it one of the oldest mixed drinks still consumed today.
Medianoche ("midnight" in Spanish) is a type of sandwich which originated in Cuba. It is served in many Cuban communities in the United States. It is so named because of the sandwich's popularity as a staple served in Havana's night clubs right around or after midnight.
A medianoche consists of roast pork, ham, mustard, Swiss cheese, and sweet pickles. It is a close cousin to the Cuban sandwich, the chief difference being that a medianoche is made on soft, sweet egg dough bread similar to Challah rather than on crustier Cuban bread. Like the Cuban sandwich, the medianoche is typically warmed in a press before eating.
➊ Cuba actually possesses one of the best healthcare systems anywhere in the world!
➋ Schooling, health care, and food are all promptly available without cost to any Cuban citizen.
➌ The Cuban population love baseball. Baseball means as much to Cuba as Soccer does to Europe and Columbia!
➍ Cuba is the habitat of the Bee Hummingbird acknowledged as the world's tiniest bird.
➎ The famous writer Ernest Hemingway wrote "The Old Man and the Sea," and "For Whom the Bell Tolls," while living in Cuba.
➏ Cuba is frequently referred to as El Cocodrilo, which means alligator in Spanish. This is because the aerial view of Cuba bears resemblance to the actual form of an alligator.
1.) They were fashionable in 16th-century Europe. In 1492 Christopher Columbus landed in Cuba and later took cigars back to Europe. They became a massive hit on the continent and a must-have accessory in the 1500s.
2.) They’re traditionally hard to get hold of. Cigars are everywhere on the island, but that’s not the case. Due to the US trade embargo, it has long been impossible to get cigars unless you know someone who travels to Cuba.
3.) You’ll have to pay dearly for them. Even in Cuba a good cigar will cost you a pretty penny. If you want a decent Cohiba or Upmann you’ll have to pay around $25, although you can get lower quality smokes at more affordable price points.
Cuban cigars are world famous. They are known to be the very best cigars on the market. The fact is that tobacco has been grown in Cuba for hundreds of years, and manufacturers have been producing cigars in that country since the time of King Philip II of Spain (1527-1598). At present, Cuba's cigar industry is under direct government regulation. This governmental supervision serves as a product quality control, in place to ensure that every cigar leaving the factory is well made, properly rolled, and does not contain flaws or imperfections.
Che Guevara was a prominent communist figure in the Cuban Revolution (1956–59) who went on to become a guerrilla leader in South America. Executed by the Bolivian army in 1967, he has since been regarded as a martyred hero by generations of leftists worldwide.
Guevara’s image remains a prevalent icon of leftist radicalism and anti-imperialism. Since his death, Guevara has become a legendary political figure. His name is often equated with rebellion, revolution, and socialism. Others, however, still remember that he could be ruthless and ordered prisoners executed without trial in Cuba.
Did you know? ● It's been nearly 50 years since new parts were imported to Cuba in the early '60s.
● Until last October, Cuban residents were forbidden from buying and selling vehicles without the government's permission.
● There are several functioning and preserved 1929 Ford Model T cars in Cuba. Many of those found in the U.S. and other countries are severely aged, badly rusted or even beyond repair.
● The repairs of these cars are left to owners.
● Many repairs are cobbled together with household items or homemade replacement parts.
➊ On March 12, 1857, it snowed in Cuba. It is the only time in history that the island has seen snow.
➋ There are no animals or plants in Cuba that are poisonous or lethal to humans.
➌ The world's smallest frog and smallest hummingbird are found in Cuba.
➍ Cuba has over 200 bays and 250 beaches to explore, making it arguably the best beach destination in the Caribbean.
➎ There is a statue of John Lennon in Havana’s John Lennon Park. The glasses have been stolen so many times that there is now a guard to hold them. They only get placed when tourists arrive for photos.
The Cuban flag was created by Narciso López in 1849, and put together by Emilia Tolón.
The colors represented the aspiration for freedom that all men share: red, white and blue.
➣Three blue stripes represent the states into which the island was divided at that time
➣Two white stripes imply the force and dedication of the idealistic soldier for independence
➣A red triangle for equality, fraternity and liberty, and the bloodshed in the pursuit of freedom
➣A white five-sided star, inside the red triangle, as a symbol of freedom between nations.
Feeling a bit down, a bit lethargic, a bit dreary? What you need is a little bit (or a lot) of tiramisu, the classic Italian dessert.
Though you might not need an excuse to eat it, pronounced tira-mi-su means “pick-me-up” and is a perfect end to a meal or even a post sightseeing snack. What better medicine could there be?
Its current name derives from the Venetian dialect and is now considered a typical dessert of this region, but other regions are competing to be proclaimed place of origin of this cake: first of all, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Piedmont, and Tuscany.
The classic tiramisu is made with savoiardi or ladyfingers or biscuits, take your pick of the words, dunked in an espresso coffee, then layered with a mascarpone and fresh egg custard and sprinkled with chocolate powder. When eating out, be sure to check it’s ‘fatto in casa’, or made in house.
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In Rome, scooters are a part of the culture, as familiar as pizza and gelato. A lot of people use them in cities because the traffic is so awful.
Roman motorini often swerve into oncoming traffic to beat slower moving vehicles. Moped drivers see red lights as more of a suggestion than a rule and believe crosswalks and sidewalks are just as well suited for scooters as they are for pedestrians. Looking for a designated scooter lane? Any space between two cars is fair game.
Rome ranks among the cities with the most registered scooters in the world. With congested traffic and little parking, it’s no wonder that the motorino has found such a devoted following in the Eternal City.
Now, Romans don’t even need their own bikes to start scootering: They can get on the back of someone else’s. A new service, called Scooterino, matches riders with spare back seats with people going in the same direction.
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