Cuba

A Misguided Policy

Trump has essentially reversed the good things that President Obama did towards Cuba.  I believe this is a highly misguided policy. The Europeans are already doing business with Cuba, this keeps American farmers, and American companies from being a part of the growth of Cuba. It will not get the Castro’s to change one idea they […]

Books in Spanish

Reading in Cuba

Reading in Cuba is not a past time, for the simple reason that books are not readily available.  The stores are filled with propaganda and Castro written tomes, but fiction and quality non-fiction do not exist. For this reason, whenever I read while in Cuba, my family is confused.  I have taken many books down […]

Cuban Pizza

Cuban Pizza

Just Don’t! While you are ordering, skip the spaghetti too.  I have written before about how bad Cuban food in Cuba is, but I believe I hit the bottom of the taste barrel when I had pizza this last November. I want to begin with the fact that the Italians don’t exactly have a presence […]

Betancourt, Museum, Santiago de Cuba

Walter Betancourt as a Contractor Part II

Walter Betancourt was a Cuban American architect.  After graduating from University of Virginia, and studying under Richard Neutra, he headed to Cuba to be part of the ‘revolution’ that was promised in the arts as well as the government.  Disillusioned he moved to Santiago de Cuba in 1965.  Betancourt finished 17 works in the easter […]

Betancourt, Theater, Bayamo, Cuba

Walter Betancourt as a Contractor Part I

Church of Our Lady of the Light was remodeled into the Sala Teatro José Joaquín Palma by Walter Betancourt. Located in the older part of the town of Bayamo at Carlos Manuel de Céspedes and Perch Figueredo y Loro, the church was one of the few colonial buildings that survived the burning of the city in […]

Walter Betancourt, Pyramides, Cuba

Cafetería Las Pirámides

Built in 1966, this was architect  Walter Betancourt’s first work in Santiago de Cuba. The cafeteria was built on a small plot of land that sits as an island in the middle of Avenida René Ramos Latour, where it converges with Mariana Grajales and the Paseo Marti. The building is composed of several exposed brick pyramidal […]

The Front Page of Cuba's only newspaper, Granma on the day of Fidel Castro's death

Fidel Is Dead

I returned to the United States from Cuba, just 2 days before Fidel’s Death and just 16 days after Donald Trump was elected the next President of the US by electoral college votes.  Cuba is changing, and how it goes forward will be anyone’s guess.  I do not intend to write yet about what I […]