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  • "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. " -Anaïs Nin

    This is the story of a Cuban refugee & her return home.

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    May 2, 2018 · Sobriety,dating,prayer,Coachella · 1
    In Judaism, there's an overarching theme of what’s called “teshuva” meaning “repentance” or more literally “return”. After 10 years, I would return to the Coachella Festival aka Beychella for those who attended in 2018, to experience my personal Teshuva. 2017 was one of the best and worst years...
    December 3, 2016
    To Whom It May Concern, Rarely do I express my religious or political views on a public platform, but those close to me know that both topics are near and dear to my heart. Politics has been a big part of my story. How could it not? Some of the earliest memories of my childhood were of my great...
    April 19, 2016
    Writing my last post gave me some food for thought. Actually, it felt more like heartburn. I knew going back to Cuba was going to open up some wounds, but I couldn’t have predicted how filming this journey would rattle me to the core. I never imagined that I would one day embark on a journey...
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  • CUBA

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    music of Cuba

    The music of Cuba, including its instruments, performance and dance, comprises a large set of unique traditions influenced mostly by west African and European (especially Spanish) music. Due to the syncretic nature of most of its genres, Cuban music is often considered one of the richest and most influential regional musics of the world. For instance, the son cubano merges an adapted Spanish guitar (tres), melody, harmony, and lyrical traditions with Afro-Cuban percussion and rhythms. Almost nothing remains of the original native traditions, since the native population was exterminated in the 16th century.

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    fascinating and historical

    Cuba’s history has been one of revolutions, dictatorships and hostility towards and from other countries, but one thing that could never be said about it is that Cuban history was boring. Even up until a few decades ago, interesting things have been happening in Cuba, and while not all of it was pleasant for Cuba's people, for a historian they make for a great read. Even the shortest trip to Cuba reveal countless historical sights that commemorate the most important historical events in the country. If you are interested in history, or if you simply want to visit some fascinating sights, then you should definitely check out some of the most interesting historical sites in Cuba (site 18 " albeit partisan", but still part of history).

    people

    Cubanos

    Cubans or Cuban people (Spanish: Cubanos) are the inhabitants or citizens of Cuba. Cuba is a multi-ethnic nation, home to people of different ethnic and national backgrounds. The majority of Cubans descend from Spaniards and West African ancestors.. The Institute of Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami says 62% are black. The percentage of Afro-Cubans on the island increased after the 1959 revolution led by Fidel Castro due to mass migration from the island of largely white Cuban professional class (5). A small percentage of Afro-Cubans left Cuba, mostly for the United States, (particularly Florida), where they and their U.S.-born children are called Cuban Americans, (source Wikipedia)

    life

    daily life in Cuba

    Before the revolution, Cuba was one of the most advanced and successful countries in Latin America. Cuba's capital, Havana, was a "glittering and dynamic city", however, behind the "glitter" was a significant amount of disparity between the working class and the wealthy. The country's economy in the early part of the century, fuelled by the sale of sugar to the United States, had grown wealthy. Cuba ranked 5th in the hemisphere in per capita income, 3rd in life expectancy, 2nd in per capita ownership of automobiles and telephones, and 1st in the number of television sets per inhabitant. Cuba's literacy rate, 76%, was the fourth highest in Latin America. Cuba also ranked 11th in the world in the number of doctors per capita. Several private clinics and hospitals provided services for the poor.

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    connecting to the world

    Since Fidel Castro ceded authority to his brother Raul in 2006, life in Cuba has slowly been changing. Young Cubans are more comfortable talking about their government and cellphones have begun to open up the island more, connecting it in a small way to the outside world.

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