I’m not much of a baseball fan, but I made it a point to see Jose Fernandez play. He was a shooting star. A talent too good for this world; and still, too young to go away. But his light continues to shine above us, and we should be glad we were able to experience him in our lifetime.
On a small island just 90 miles south of Florida, you will find a unique car culture ¬– a land laden with American classics from the 1950s and ’60s. These vintage vehicles are kept alive out of dire necessity and fueled by Cuban ingenuity. Lovingly called “Yank Tanks,” their owners have kept these Detroit automobiles running, passing them down from one generation to the next. Today, Cuba is home to many relics of American automotive history.
The earliest films made in Cuba were newsreel footages of the Cuban-Spanish-American War, dating from the end of the nineteenth century. The melodramas, musicals, and comedies made until the revolution of 1959 were left in the shadows when the founding of ICAIC (Instituto Cubano del Arte y la Industria Cinematográficos) effectively closed the door on earlier Cuban cinema.
Architecture in Cuba is a collective of different styles and time periods. With its capital, Havana, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the architectural diversity is rich ranging from colonial structures to neo-classical, baroque, art deco, art nouveau, and eclectic.