The Struggle of the Cuentapropista

Ask any Cuban what they’d like to improve in their country and most don’t know where to start. A few will rattle off half a dozen ideas, but when pressed for solutions often draw a blank. The most enterprising Cubans, however, have already selected the problems they want to solve and are taking their ideas from idea to invention. They face myriad challenges, but many … Continue reading The Struggle of the Cuentapropista

Six Havana Restaurants Cuban Innovators Must Look to for Inspiration

The innovation scene in Cuba is just beginning to emerge, with teams creating new websites, apps, and even design shops on a weekly basis. It’s an exciting place to be, but many innovators are uncertain of how to move forward. Cuba is a complex and ever-changing landscape, lacking a path for them to follow. Fortunately, this new class of innovators does have one thing they can look … Continue reading Six Havana Restaurants Cuban Innovators Must Look to for Inspiration

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Cuba

TravelIf there’s one thing I’ve learned traveling to Cuba, it’s that the country is built on human interaction. Cubans rely on in-person meetings and build networks through trust and friendship. Phone calls are limited, internet access is difficult, and even texting is uncommon. As a result, anyone that wants to get anything done in Cuba has to go there, and go there regularly. To help … Continue reading 10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Cuba

Up Close with Josuhe Pagliery, Creator of Cuba’s First Indie Game, Savior

Video games are extremely popular in Cuba. Gamers create illegal intranets to play DOTA and hack Pokémon Go just to catch a few Pokémon in a wifi park. There’s a thriving gaming community, but unfortunately, with the exceptions of a few apps and educational games published through the government, the rest of these are all made abroad. Josuhe H. Pagliery is trying to change that. … Continue reading Up Close with Josuhe Pagliery, Creator of Cuba’s First Indie Game, Savior

Smerconish on Cuba: “It’s All Different Shades of Gray”

Photo copyright Christopher P. Baker Michael Smerconish, radio host, CNN anchor and journalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, recently traveled to Cuba with this his family for a chance to see the country before it inevitably changes. This wasn’t the first trip for Smerconish—he had previously traveled to the island nearly fifteen years prior to interview Fidel Castro. We had the opportunity to sit down with … Continue reading Smerconish on Cuba: “It’s All Different Shades of Gray”

The Newest of the News

  There’s no lack of interesting news to report in Cuba, but only a handful of news sources. For decades, the only written media source on the island was Granma, the state-run newspaper. More recently, as access to the internet has increased, new blogs and online magazines publications have started popping up. These new sites are great because they offer commentary on specific topics or … Continue reading The Newest of the News

The Clever Posters of Chanchullero

One of our favorite restaurants in Old Havana, Chanchullero, has some of the most interesting posters we’ve seen anywhere in the city (for more info on Chanchullero and some of our other favorite spots, check out our travel guide). The posters were created for the restaurant by Cuban designer Gerardo Lebredo Sanchez. The pieces are clever, funny, and take advantage of Cuba’s rich history, particularly … Continue reading The Clever Posters of Chanchullero

Cuba’s Fashion Industry is Small, but Growing

The fashion scene in Cuba is brand new and rapidly changing. For decades, Cubans have foregone fashion as it is sometimes seen as contradictory to the ideals of the revolution. But as Cuba opens up and increases its exposure to the outside work, new and exciting opportunities in fashion are beginning to emerge. Typical Cubans on the street get their clothing in several different ways. … Continue reading Cuba’s Fashion Industry is Small, but Growing

Airbnb Finds a Perfect Match in Cuba

In the year since it began operating here, Airbnb has already made tremendous strides in Cuba. In many ways, this success has less to do with Airbnb’s product and more to do with their understanding of the Cuban system. Airbnb had the foresight to capitalize on perfect opportunity, and overcame the challenges that could have hampered their success. Over the past twenty years, as Cuba … Continue reading Airbnb Finds a Perfect Match in Cuba

Mixing Ideas and Cultures at the Fábrica de Arte Cubano

Cuba’s cooler than ever. Every week a new bar, restaurant or event space opens, often owned by the Cuban creative class, the artists permitted to sell their work internationally. They bring a unique sense of individuality and beauty to their spaces. Simple, with few tables and small menus, they serve whatever food is available to buy that day. Standing out from all others is the … Continue reading Mixing Ideas and Cultures at the Fábrica de Arte Cubano