Americas, Cuba

A call in Cuba

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A call in Cuba

Just prior to the crisis that was Y2K, the Monkey traveled to Cuba. He only has a few photos, but they’re quite nice. Have a look!


Plaza de la RevoluciĆ³n, Havana, Cuba
In Havana’s Plaza de la RevoluciĆ³n, the site of more than a few political rallies, the Monkey stops on a beautiful day for a shot in front of the offices of the Ministry of the Interior. The wire sculpture of the Argentine doctor turned Cuban revolutionary, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, is accompanied by his most famous quotation, “Hasta la victoria siempre” (Toward victory always).

Woman, Havana, Cuba
A Habanera (Havana resident) welcomes El Monito to her home.

Street scene, Havana, Cuba
Leftovers from the days when Havana was little more than a playground for U.S. mobsters and well-heeled tourists, there truly are still a lot of 1940s and 1950s U.S. cars rolling the streets of Cuba (not to mention a fair amount of Russian ones). By necessity, Cubans are experts at keeping old machines running, though the Monkey felt this car in Central Havana had already driven its last miles.

Youths with cigars, Havana, Cuba
The Monkey met up with some friendly folks and took a close-up look at some of Cuba’s most world-renowned products: hand-rolled cigars.



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Cuba

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Population:

11,423,952 (2008)

Land area:

110,860 sq. km.

Capital:

Havana (2,241,000; 2005)

Economy:

In 2006, Cuba ranked 52nd in the UNDP Human Development Index and 62nd in total GDP, with a per capita GDP of $2,863.68. Public debt accounts for 36.8 percent of total GDP, while no figure for the number of Cubans beneath the poverty line is available.

Main language(s):

Spanish

Monkey's name:

El Monito (El Mo-nee-toh)

Fun fact:

Cuba is a world leader in medical research. Its laboratories have created cures and medicines for illnesses that plague the developing world but which are considered “unprofitable product lines” by the First World’s private pharmaceutical firms. Additionally, through its International Medical Aid Program, Cuba dispatches the highest per capita rate of medical professionals to developing countries on earth. Cuba also offers free medical scholarships to students from developing countries.



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