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Basic Description

Cuba is an idyllic place to learn Spanish! Enjoy of an environment in which nothing seems to have changed since Fidel Castro's revolution: the classic american cars, the cigar-smoking farmers, carriages carried by horses, and the colonial Spanish architecture standing impassive to frantic modernization. Cuba treasures heavenly sandy beaches, vibrant discotheques and relaxed people. Cuban History is reflected in its dishes, language, art and, above all, it is most alive in the music. All through the year, it seems like music bands are everywhere. The main musical expression is called Son, and it combines different upbeat rythms with classic guitar. Cuba is home to more than 11 million inhabitants, thus being the most populated island on the caribbean as well as the biggest one too. Its people, culture and costumes proceed from different backgrounds and shape the country in a unique way. The island is well-known for both its turbulent revolutionary history and its charismatic leader's: Fidel Castro. At the top of an interesting history, Cuba offers numerous beaches, leafy woods and vibrant cities. Come and discover what made Che Guevara fall in love with this land! Learn Spanish and forget about your problems to rumba's rhythm miles away from daily life issues!

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Food & Drinks 
Local food is strongly influenced by Spanish cookery, however 20th century's events changed some traditions substantially. Nowadays dishes are based on roots and tubers, such as malangas, potatoes, sweet potatoes and cassavas. Other commonly used ingredients are bananas and rice. Regarding drinks, Rum is the most used beverage for cocktails such as Mojito, Cuba Libre and Daikiri.
Music & Dance 
"Son" is the most popular genre in afrocuban music, and it is referred by the locals as both the national music and dance in Cuba. Some say Rumba is Son sub-gender, while others affirm these are two different music genders. In any of the cases, Son has been the most influential in Latin American music.
Plastic Arts 
Some of the most famous classic and contemporary artists are Fayad Jamis Bernal, Jilma Madera, José Delarra, Roberto Fabelo, José Pérez y Wilfredo Lam Castillo. Their paintings are sold internationally, but you can appreciate some of them in the country's museums. There is also a new art movement, emerged from the streets and influenced by Latin American artists such as José Guadalupe Posada and muralist Diego Rivera.
Cinema 
Cuba has always been active in the cinema field. From early '20 til the present, Cuba has produced films independently or in association with other international productions. A clear example is Habana Blues, a must-see movie before coming to this country. Art and trade, nationalism and globalization are the topics this French-Spanish-Cuban movie revolves around.
Science and technology 
The Academy of Sciences of Cuba, established in 1962, is the main scientific institution in the country. Besides this, there are many institutions offering higher education in science and engineering: Universidad de La Habana, Universidad de Oriente in Santiago de Cuba, Universidad Central de Las Villas, in Villa Clara, la Universidad de Camagüey, and Universidad de Pinar del Río. The main research is focused on new farming technologies aimed to recover nickel and cobalt.
Sports 
Cuba's favourite sport is baseball. This sport first arrived Cuba from United States in 1960. Many international baseball stars have come from Cuba, and Cuban national team is one of the best teams in the world.
Spare time 
Cuban people enjoy talking on the streets, playing music, dancing, singing, fishing and doing sports (especially baseball). They also like playing dominoes and enjoy walking around or bike riding through the beautiful landscapes. Local people are really interested in culture, as well as in books, cinema, art and crafts.
Literature 
This is one of the most prolific, relevant and influential literatures in Latin America and the Spanish-speaking worlds. Among the most acclaimed writers you find: José Martí, Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, José María Heredia, Nicolás Guillén, José Lezama Lima, Alejo Carpentier, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Virgilio Piñera and Dulce María Loynaz. Ernest Hemingway wrote "The Old Man and the Sea" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls", while living in Cuba.

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Highlights 
Cuba is the biggest island and the second most populated in the Greater Antilles.
Its territory includes 4.000 islands and cays.
9 Cultural and Natural World Heritage sites are located in the country.
The mixture of Indigenous, African and European legacy in Cuba, give the island a lively cultural life world widely known.
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