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An Art Studio in Cuba

These artists do incredible things with a gouge and linoleum tile

Note: this is the latest in a series of posts about our trip to Cuba in April; please see our other posts about the trip.

While out to lunch in Old Havana, we discovered an artist studio. This was on a much grander scale than most I’d seen. There were at least 10 people working on everything from painting, to printmaking, to etching. What was the most impressive was the amount of equipment ...

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Buying Staples in Cuba

An open pharmacy in Havana.

Note: this is the latest in a series of posts about our trip to Cuba in April; please see our other posts about the trip.

When we first arrived in Cuba, we hoped to prepare some of our own meals. This proved more difficult than we thought. On a car trip back from an early visit, we asked Yoani if we could stop at a convenience store for some water and snacks. She said it was impossible. Since we were ...

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Bay Area Discovery Museum's FAB Lab: Grand Opening

This past Saturday, the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) held the grand opening for the world’s first Early Childhood FAB Lab. For those who don’t know, a FAB Lab is very similar to a maker space, but has more of a focus on technology and tools. The museum, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, is a great indoor/outdoor space in Fort Baker housed in multiple army barracks.

In the Lab, children will have access to 3D printers, laser cutters, hand tools ...

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Our Visit to Casa Fuster

Looking out from the 3rd level of Fuster’s house.

Note: this is the latest in a series of posts about our trip to Cuba in April; please see our other posts about the trip.

We also visited the home and studio of one of Cuba’s leading artists, José Rodríguez Fuster. His home in western Havana is a veritable fairy land of tile mosaics.

We spoke with Fuster’s nephew, Hiran. He used to be a ship captain and sailed up to Florida and ...

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Solinos y Yo, Our Home in Cuba

Chatting on the porch.

Note: this is one of a series of posts about our trip to Cuba; please see our other posts about the trip.

While in Havana, we stayed at a privately owned casa particulare (a Bed and Breakfast). The owners, Carlos and his wife Yordanca, opened Solinos y Yo 4 months ago and business has been excellent--which is unsurprising, given the level of service they provide.

The beautifully remodeled 4th-floor apartment has 6 double rooms, a large living room and a sea ...

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