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A wonderful week of adventures in captivating Cuba

“Why Cuba?” more than one friend asked when we told them about the trip we were planning. Why, indeed. Americans of my generation (I’m now 70) grew up on black-and-white TV images of a fierce Fidel, an angry Nikita Khrushchev threatening to beat us to death with his shoe and the Kennedys facing the Cuban missile crisis which promised to kick-start World War III. Cuba seemed dangerous and exotic; the kind of place only Indiana Jones could survive. But Castro’s Revolution is 60 years old now, and Havana will celebrate its 500th anniversary this year. Cuba today is a land of beauty and contradiction, a place where history and politics collide on every street corner, a place where crumbling reminders of Spanish colonialism stand ...