What Americans Need To Know About Cuba

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Cuba has a repressive government, disastrous economic policies and was ruled by Fidel Castro — and now his brother Raul — for decades. But there’s more to it than that. During a recent trip to Havana, we interviewed Cuban and U.S. citizens about their thoughts on Cuba, asking each person what else they wished Americans knew about the country.

1. “Real Cuba is not on TV.”

"Real Cuba is not on TV."

Cuban television producer

 

2. “Cuba is not North Korea.”

"Cuba is not North Korea."

American student, Semester at Sea

 

3. “Amistad.”

"Amistad."

Translated: “Friendship.”
Cuban student, University of Havana

 

4. “Of the 15 countries we’ve been to, Cuba has been the most welcoming.”

"Of the 15 countries we've been to, Cuba has been the most welcoming."

American student, Semester at Sea

 

5. “Amigos para siempre.”

"Amigos para siempre."

Translated: “Friends forever.”
Cuban students, University of Havana

 

6. “They love Twilight here, too.”

"They love Twilight here, too."

American student, Semester at Sea

 

7. “To experience the socialist lifestyle (it’s actually really interesting).”

"To experience the socialist lifestyle (it's actually really interesting)."

American student studying at University of Havana, Marist College

 

8. “Don’t be stupid.”

"Don't be stupid."

Cuban musician

 

9. “Hermandad.”

"Hermandad."

Translated: “Sisterhood/brotherhood.”
Cuban student, University of Havana

 

10. “Try the cigars! They’re as awesome as the people here!”

"Try the cigars! They're as awesome as the people here!"

American student, Semester at Sea

 

11. “Humanity is our homeland! Our future needs peace.”

"Humanity is our homeland! Our future needs peace."

American citizen, president, US-CUBA Sister Cities Association

 

12. “To Cubans, we are more than our government. They want to get to know us as people.”

"To Cubans, we are more than our government. They want to get to know us as people."

American student, Semester at Sea

 

13. “USA loves Cuba. Cuba loves USA. End the nonsense.”

"USA loves Cuba. Cuba loves USA. End the nonsense."

American professor, Semester at Sea

 

14. “The warmth isn’t just the weather!!”

"The warmth isn't just the weather!!"

American professor, Semester at Sea

 

15. “Aqui estamos.”

"Aqui estamos."

Translated: “We are here.”
Cuban actor and director

 

16. “We can’t ask you to love us, ‘cause that is not the kind of thing should not be asked, but I would like you to know that we love you.”

"We can't ask you to love us, 'cause that is not the kind of thing should not be asked, but I would like you to know that we love you."

Cuban filmmaker

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Taylor Goldblatt

After years of research, travel, and dreams, I have created this website for people like you who want to experience the things that only America can offer. My passion is to explore and share America's greatest destinations and attractions. Follow me on Twitter @USCityTraveler for additional travel tips and ideas.

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