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    Default Tuesday Trivia: Cuba

    We’ll Monique, you’ve inspired me to check out Cuba......doesn’t look like I’d fit in a suitcase anyway......

    Some Interesting Facts about Cuba:

    Cuba is often called El Caiman or El Cocodrilo (Spanish for alligator), which is what the island looks like from an aerial view.

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    Grade school is mandatory for every child in Cuba between the ages of 6 and 15. Uniforms are universally required with different colors for each grade level.

    Fidel Castro erected a statue of John Lennon from The Beatles in 2000. Castro admired Lennon and believed he was a true music revolutionary.

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    Cuba is the most populated country in the Caribbean, with more than 11 million residents.

    Cubans don't typically write their recipes down. Instead, they are passed down from generation to generation through stories and shared experiences.

    Cuba has the highest doctor to patient ratio in the world. There are so many doctors in Cuba, that doctors are often sent abroad to countries with a great need of medical professionals.

    Dance is very important in Cuba, the birthplace of classic dance styles like the Bolero, Mambo and Cha Cha.

    A rare prehistoric fish called the Mangar is now only found in Cuba.

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    Cuba has a 99.8% literacy rate, which is one of the highest in the world.

    The only cars that Cuban citizens can own legally are cars created and bought before 1959. After this year, the Cuban government seized all of the cars, and owns them all to this day. Most of the pre-1959 cars in the country are from the United States. Since 2011, the ban has gradually been lifted to allow more modern vehicles on the roads.

    There are only 90 miles of ocean between Cuba and the tip of Florida in the United States.

    The smallest bird in the world can be found in Cuba. It is the Bee Hummingbird, which only grows to be 2 inches in length.

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    Ernest Hemingway wrote one of his most famous works “For Whom the Bell Tells” when he was living in Cuba.

    It has only snowed once in Cuba. This rare event occurred way back in 1857.

    You can't take photos of military personnel, police officers, or airport personnel in Cuba, as this is illegal.

    Until 2008, Cubans were not allowed to own cell phones.

    Cuba has two different currencies: One type is used by natives, while tourists use the other currency.

    Government vehicles in Cuba must stop to pick up hitchhikers.

    There are over 250 museums in Cuba.

    Baseball is Cuba's most popular sport. Boxing is also a popular sport in the country.

    The game of dominoes is the national game of Cuba.

    Cuba is famous for its fantastic cigars. Now, Americans are allowed to return home with $100 worth of Cuban cigars – that’s about four good cigars, max. A single cigar takes about 100 steps to complete, and are hand-rolled. Each Cuban cigar comes with a stamp of authenticity that features the Cuban flag and a picture of a tobacco plantation.

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Cuba

    Cuba is a very interesting country, the people, the architecture, the talented artists. If you are headed there, they don't take any type of credit card, debit card or foreign cash (make sure to check this out and how to exchange for the correct one of their currency - exchange fees recently were at 12.5% controlled by the government). The vintage vehicles are all around, but not all are "original". Many have been rebuilt with parts from other manufacturing companies.
    Lots of destruction in Havanna, although plans are to restore rather than destroy what's left. Will take a lot of time and money to get this accomplished.
    Thank you for sharing your info!
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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Cuba

    I hope there will not be any storms while I am there. Thanks Anita.
    Blessed are the children of the piecemakers for they shall inherit the quilts!

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Cuba

    Interesting! Here you go, Monique!!

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    Wow, you make it sound like their government worked for health care and education.

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Cuba

    Thanks for this post.
    It is always so interesting to see how other countries operate. Too often we only get the negative information on the world news and not the balance of the positive.
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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Cuba

    I used to breed Havanese which are from Cuba. They are a playful, silly, happy little breed. They make fabulous family dogs. Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Cuba

    Fidal Castro had a private reef/island called Garden of the Queens, which no commercial fishermen was allowed to fish around. It is the most pristine reef left in the world, and is the nursery for many endangered species. Hopefully it will be kept as a reserve or a world heritage site.
    ATTITUDE IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ORDEAL AND AN ADVENTURE

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Cuba

    Very interesting.

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Cuba

    Cuba was a Spanish province until 1898, and education already had a high consideration by then. Most schools in my area of Northwest Spain were established and maintained by emigrants from here that made money there, mainly in the sugar mills. My own grandpa went to Habana in the 1920's to raise money to be able to marry. The most important highschool in the city of Corunna where I now live was sponsored by a businessman that had made a fortune with a shipping company that traded between Cuba and Europe, and it was the first in Spain where female students were admitted with the same curriculum as boys.

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