A friend of mine from Montreal just spent a week in Cuba, Cayo Coco. She says that when she was outdoors at night the constellations she's familiar with appeared to be upside down. Cassiopeia, for instance, looked like an M instead of a W. No, she wasn't stoned, drunk, tripping. Does anyone have an explanation for this?
posted by mareli
on May 10, 2014 -
My father (who emigrated from Cuba 30 years ago) and I are interested in visiting Cuba eventually. What exactly do you have to do to (legally) travel there? [more inside]
posted by myntu
on Jul 5, 2013 -
We're Americans in Mexico and want to get to Cuba but don't have tickets. How does this work? [more inside]
posted by JasonSch
on Feb 23, 2013 -
I read a nonfiction piece awhile back that I can't find via my google-fu. It concerns a guy visiting Cuba who meets with locomotive types in memory of (or for) his father, who was a train buff. The piece was nostalgic and colorful, and focused on the concept of Cuban train engineering effectively being frozen in time. Can anyone help?
posted by eggman
on Jan 21, 2013 -
Can you help me with Cuban musicians and/or artists who are still suffering from being banned/censored in Cuba?
I've read that Celia Cruz and many others are no longer banned in Cuba. Are there still artists (either musicians or visual artists) that the country can't abide? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood
on Oct 5, 2012 -
Cuba Travel Filter: I will be going on vacation to Cuba next week. I am finding conflicting information online about a few things, and would love some clarification before I spend the weekend worrying too much. [more inside]
posted by gursky
on Oct 5, 2012 -
The Google Translate app is awesome on my Droid 3 Android phone, especially the new conversation mode however it does not have an offline mode. I will be traveling where there is no convenient, fast, or affordable internet or cell service, specifically Cuba. Is there app or stand alone alternative that you know of? I especially like the speech to speech aspect of the conversation mode in google translate. English to Spanish and Spanish to English is what I am looking for.
posted by snowjoe
on Jul 8, 2012 -
I really love the Cuban jazz featured in the movie and album The Buena Vista Social Club
. I want more of this music. Help me make a list. [more inside]
posted by zardoz
on May 15, 2011 -
How did 9/11 affect Cuba specifically? How would the past ten years of Cuban history be different if 9/11 hadn't happened? [more inside]
posted by El Curioso
on Mar 22, 2011 -
My "friend" has a question..."Travelling to Cuba to meet fiance's parents- think we've got it figured out. What am I missing?... [more inside]
posted by sarelicar
on Mar 2, 2011 -
Looking for examples of environmental (in)justice in Mexico, Cuba, and/or northern South America. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky
on Feb 28, 2011 -
How can I best find guide(s) and accommodation on a first trip to Cuba? Are there any other things I should be aware of? (I am not a spanish speaker) [more inside]
posted by jpziller
on Jan 12, 2011 -
I read here
that Cuba has frozen about $1 billion in foreign businesses' bank accounts and is now offering to dribble the money back to the account holders over five years at a piddling interest rate. But this is all "electronic" money, right (as opposed to physical cash)? What's to stop an account holder and a non-Cuban bank from ignoring the freeze, "transferring" the money electronically, and then simply acting as though the funds were actually transferred? [more inside]
posted by hayvac
on Sep 16, 2010 -
How do I send money to a non-relative African citizen in Cuba from USA? [more inside]
posted by Jeebu
on Aug 30, 2010 -
I'm looking for high-school-appropriate resources about the Cuban Missile Crisis--particularly ones that highlight Cuban and Soviet perspectives or more of an IR approach. Any thoughts?
posted by lily_bart
on Aug 3, 2010 -
What natural disasters since the Cuban Revolution have affected both the United States and Cuba (i.e. hurricanes Dennis and Katrina)? Also, where would I find the best primary sources regarding either government's response to the disasters? [more inside]
posted by barbudo
on Jul 20, 2010 -
Heading to a Caribbean resort for a week this winter, but can't narrow it down to a specific resort. Need some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by sah
on Jan 1, 2010 -
How does one intrepid traveler explain the double stamp to the feds upon return to US soil from a trip that may or may not include Cuba? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing
on Dec 21, 2009 -
Cuba and human rights.
Please ignore this if you think Cuba is a
1. Glorious Worker's Paradise or
2. 3rd largest prison on Earth (after Myammar and N. Korea)
I would like to know more about human rights for the average
person in Cuba.
For instance, if a regular person (NOT a government employee, journalist, or someone w/ connections) could afford it, could they just leave and go to India for 2 weeks on vacation?
Buy a computer and get full access to the Web?
Visit a relative in Miami?
Open a bookstore and import what they want?
Start a blog discussing human rights in Cuba?
What actually happens if they try sailing a boat to Miami or Mexico?
posted by ebesan
on Oct 6, 2009 -
Please recommend films that accurately represent life in Cuba around 1998, in terms of general mindset, day-to-day life, culture, language, and music. [more inside]
posted by dziga
on Mar 11, 2009 -
Is it safe to bring my Nikon SLR to Cuba? The depressed economy, and presence of hucksters makes me think not... [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR
on Feb 23, 2009 -
Mrs. Bonobo and I would like to travel to Cuba soon and were wondering if the March break is as busy there as it is in say, Florida or Mexico. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat
on Feb 10, 2009 -
I've been digging on the cuban hip hop lately. I've seen the doc East of Havana. I listen to las Orishas, and I have the soundtrack/related album to East of Havana by El Cartel. I do like the artists featured there, but I enjoy las Orishas more because it feels a bit more infused with traditional Cuban music. Any recommendations of what else I can listen to? [more inside]
posted by Soulbee
on Oct 30, 2008 -
What is the cheapest way to get to Cuba from continental Europe? Do I have to go via the US? One more tricky question inside: [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 6, 2008 -
What's the proper name for the style of painting where pictures are created from large blocks of colour with very few details? It's the style of painting I associate with Cuba and South America and which was used for the artwork in GTA San Andreas
posted by twine42
on Aug 14, 2008 -
Cuba Travel from USA. What's the latest? The latest Askme questions on this are all before Raul Castro took power. Best way to travel? Through Canada? Mexico? Currency to use on the island? Any and all information and tips are appreciated - especially from those who have recent
experience with travel to Cuba. Throwaway email for this question is firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks to all.
posted by anonymous
on Aug 12, 2008 -
What can a person who brings 2 Cuban cigars into the US and has them seized at US Customs expect? [more inside]
posted by j1950
on Apr 3, 2008 -
Cheap/free used sporting equipment for kids (baseball gloves) in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by rokusan
on Mar 21, 2008 -
I really want to get away from my house to finish up some screenplays for a May 1 deadline. So where can a not-so-rich person go for the last two weeks of April that will allow much peace and quiet while being both safe and warm enough to wander around in short sleeves night and day. Suppose a cost of around $1500--the cheaper the better--including return airfare to Toronto. Note that I like seclusion but I also don't drive so it needs to be someplace close to the necessities.
posted by dobbs
on Feb 25, 2008 -
I'm going to Cuba for a week at an all-inclusive resort in Varadero, and I'd appreciate practical advice on how to prepare (should I buy pesos or U.S. dollars ahead of time or when I arrive?) and what to see on a day trip to Havana. [more inside]
posted by Dasein
on Feb 20, 2008 -
I've recently been to Cuba and am very curious as to why the embargo continues. The cold war is over. Cuba is not a threat to the U.S. What am I missing?
posted by cookie googleman
on Oct 31, 2007 -
A friend of mine has a sibling who is studying in Cuba. How can said friend get to Havana from NYC for a visit? [more inside]
posted by otolith
on Oct 21, 2007 -
I'm an American traveling to Cuba legally (under a general license). What are the restrictions on what I can/cannot bring back into the U.S.?
posted by cookie googleman
on Sep 17, 2007 -
I am an American citizen. If I want to travel to Vietnam, all I need is a valid passport and visa; if I want to travel to Cuba, I either have to sign up for a special tour, be part of some pre-approved humanitarian/scientific/educational group, or be willing to break U.S. law. I know that there are extralegal ways for U.S-ians to travel to Cuba; this is not my main question. [more inside]
posted by rtha
on Aug 23, 2007 -