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Best current blog about present day Cuba

With Cuba being such an unpopular destination for ex-pats it’s really difficult to find well written, up-to-date, informed, intelligent and knowledgeable blogs that will give the reader an accurate insight into the so-called “real” Cuba.

In my opinion head and shoulders above everyone right now is Conner Gory and her blog [a href=“http://hereishavana.com/”]Here is Havana[/a].

Her writing is not for everyone. If you’ve only visited Cuba once… or you haven’t been there for quite some time… or you’re uncomfortable with honest, in-your-face-observations with “adult” language… or you’re only interested in resort life… or you’re simply not compelled to learn about a side of Cuba that is very Havana-centric then you won’t enjoy this.

For anyone though who is interested in seeing the “other” side of Cuba in general and Havana in particular then some of her musing will undoubtedly be fascinating. Lastly, she’s also hilarious.

Here’s a few entries that are geared towards travellers… [a href=“http://hereishavana.com/2013/06/13/series-1-a-visitors-practicum/”]A Visitor’s Practicum[/a], [a href=“http://www.vergemagazine.com/work-abroad/blogs/777-diy-dining-in-havana”]DIY Dining In Havana[/a], [a href=“http://hereishavana.com/2011/02/28/trip-tips-havana-independently/”]Havana Independently[/a] and [a href=“http://hereishavana.com/2011/06/23/conners-cuba-rules/”]Conner’s Cuba Rules[/a].

Enjoy.

Cheers,
Terry

[quote=@cheersterry]
In my opinion head and shoulders above everyone right now is Conner Gory and her blog [a href=“http://hereishavana.com/”]Here is Havana[/a].

Cheers,
Terry[/quote]IMO she’s full of [font face=“comic sans ms”]BS!!![/font]

No surprise there ! lol
I also find her very knowledgeable and VERY entertaining.
Perhaps a better blogger could be suggested by the previous poster.
Lenny

Geez, she always says such nice things about YOU, though…

[quote=@busman7][quote=@cheersterry]In my opinion head and shoulders above everyone right now is Conner Gory and her blog [a href=“http://hereishavana.com/”]Here is Havana[/a].

Cheers,
Terry[/quote]IMO she’s full of [font face=“comic sans ms”]BS!!![/font]
[/quote]

Different strokes for different folks!

Different strokes for sure YVRck, her blog would make no sense to anyone who only visited one time many years ago or for anyone who has never left the resort… she is now so deeply ingrained into Cuba that her observations would only interest someone who has travelled/lived independently for long periods in Cuba, or someone with an open mind and true curiosity how Cuba - in particular Havana - actually works.

Here’s another gem… I have at least a dozen of these [a href=“http://hereishavana.com/2009/11/23/cubas-secret-weapon-little-old-ladies/”]Little Old Ladies[/a] living on my street in Havana… they never cease to amaze me…

Cheers,
Terry

[quote=@cheersterry]
Here’s another gem… I have at least a dozen of these [a href=“http://hereishavana.com/2009/11/23/cubas-secret-weapon-little-old-ladies/”]Little Old Ladies[/a] living on my street in Havana… they never cease to amaze me…

Cheers,
Terry[/quote]

Reading this one brought back a whole flood of memories from our days of working and living in the former East Germany.
All I had to do was change the names!

So much for being allowed to express an opinion on the new Debbie’s [font color=“0b0c0c”][font face=“arial”]without bei[font color=“0b0c0c”]ng [font color=“0b0c0c”]shot-down by the forum bully spouting inane BS! (puke)[/font][/font][/font][/font]

[quote=@cheersterry]Different strokes for sure YVRck, her blog would make no sense to anyone who only visited one time many years ago or for anyone who has never left the resort… she is now so deeply ingrained into Cuba that her observations would only interest someone who has travelled/lived independently for long periods in Cuba, or someone with an open mind and true curiosity how Cuba - in particular Havana - actually works.

Here’s another gem… I have at least a dozen of these [a href=“http://hereishavana.com/2009/11/23/cubas-secret-weapon-little-old-ladies/”]Little Old Ladies[/a] living on my street in Havana… they never cease to amaze me…

Cheers,
Terry[/quote]

You may be right in some ways, Terry. Most of my knowledge of Cuba is second hand, as I admit I haven’t done much travelling around in Cuba yet. And in particular, I don’t know much about Havana. But a lot of what I have learned is from reading from as wide a variety of sources as I can. The difficulty, particularly with Cuba, is that it seems to be so complex, and so many people have such different opinions that to begin with, it just semed there was too much contradictory information to ever be able to understand it.

I know a few things about a few topics, but there is still a lot I don’t know. If I spend some more time in the future doing more travelling, I hope to learn some more, but along with that, I think I still need to keep reading, and to try to understand both sides of all the commentaries I read. Before I eveer went there, there was so much of what I had read and heard of Cuba that was only presented from one side. Even though that first trip was just to the resort, it raised in me an interest in trying to see Cuba through the eyes of those who live there.

In short, do I get Conner Gorry? No, probably not, but if I had more experience with Havana, I might understand more. But when I read some of her stuff, I am struck by how in some ways, Cuba is so much like a lot of other places, and yet so much unlike any other place at the same time. As I was saying earlier – contradictions. But then, we may never know everything there is to know about any topic. To live is to learn, in my opinion.

Agree entirely, Jack. To patently discount any source that’s hugely recognized and respected by people who presently work/live/travel in Cuba is obviously a mistake, in this complicated world all opinions should be considered.

Some people will always react like the Miami Mafia though, always discounting direct, present day experience and sticking with preconceived notions formed in the past. I don’t get it - I love to hear informed opinions based on present day direct experience - but others can’t stand that sort of input. Weird, but that’s the way the world works sometimes.

Cheers,
Terry

[quote=@cheersterry]Her writing is not for everyone. If you’ve only visited Cuba once… or you haven’t been there for quite some time… or you’re uncomfortable with honest, in-your-face-observations with “adult” language… or you’re only interested in resort life… or you’re simply not compelled to learn about a side of Cuba that is very Havana-centric then you won’t enjoy this.

For anyone though who is interested in seeing the “other” side of Cuba in general and Havana in particular then some of her musing will undoubtedly be fascinating. Lastly, she’s also hilarious.

Here’s a few entries that are geared towards travellers… [a href=“http://hereishavana.com/2013/06/13/series-1-a-visitors-practicum/”]A Visitor’s Practicum[/a], [a href=“http://www.vergemagazine.com/work-abroad/blogs/777-diy-dining-in-havana”]DIY Dining In Havana[/a], [a href=“http://hereishavana.com/2011/02/28/trip-tips-havana-independently/”]Havana Independently[/a] and [a href=“http://hereishavana.com/2011/06/23/conners-cuba-rules/”]Conner’s Cuba Rules[/a].

Enjoy.

Cheers,
Terry[/quote]Wow!
I really enjoyed reading that! Thanks for sharing!
Haha… I’ve actually been reading a few more of her posts, too. She certainly does have “a way with words”… and she “pulls no punches” when giving her “raw” point of view ~ very entertaining!
A bit of Sass and Sarcasm! Love it!
:smiley:

I’m glad you “get it” Gardengal. As I warned it’s not for everyone - lots of people aren’t interested in seeing that side of Cuba, which is perfectly fine of course - but for anyone who’s curious about the real Cuba and wants accurate, uncompromised, up-to-date and current info then some of her stuff can be a very interesting read…

Cheers,
Terry

Havana Times is also good.

[a href=“http://www.havanatimes.org/”]Havana Times[/a]

Cheers,
Terry

never did like pork…lol

I have a great deal of appreciation for Conner Gorry and her writing. She walks the talk. She doesn’t write from the perspective of someone who has spent a week or two in Havana staying in a casa with everything taken care of for them. She has lived in Cuba for quite a while now, and probably knows more of the warts and jewels more than most people on this forum ever will.    Her writing won’t appeal to some people.  That’s ok … she doesn’t seem to have writing for the masses as an objective.

She’s got cojones. She doesn’t only write “Here is Havana”. She has many travel articles under her belt in a wide variety of publications including Cuba Absolutely, Lonely Planet, Cuba Now and others.

Conner lives in Havana … and I mean really lives. She is an active member of her community, taking a leadership role in recreation (Bicycle Polo Club) and was the instigator in opening Cuba Libro - Havana’s 1st English-Language Bookstore & Café.

Conner also writes for MEDICC – the only English-language periodical about Cuba’s medical and public health policy, research programs and outcomes. That in itself gives her a unique perspective on life in Cuba. Of course that means diddly-squat to some people, but it demonstrates yet another layer of her understanding of Cuba.

I’ve never met her, yet have great respect for her writing. I don’t share ALL of her views (no bike-polo for me!), but I look forward to each of her blogs on Here is Havana. I subscribe to them, so am sure not to miss any.

Conner doesn’t take a backseat. Some people are uncomfortable with that and prefer to criticize her for what she isn’t. I certainly don’t refer her blog to everybody … some people just won’t “get it”. To each their own.

I liked her article on Cuban massage. I too have experienced the offer of a “finito contento” (my lame attempt at translating). Um, no thanks.

[quote=@eloisegirl]I liked her article on Cuban massage. I too have experienced the offer of a “finito contento” (my lame attempt at translating). Um, no thanks. [/quote]Eloise… you just need a few (dozen?) shots of rum beforehand… :wink:

Cheers,
Terry