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Cuba has dominated international amateur boxing for decades, taking home more gold medals than any other country. So capturing the action in a boxing gym is a real glimpse of local passions.
Inside a classic Havana cigar factory
An iconic sight in Havana I cannot resist is a cigar factory. The image, as seen in countless Hollywood movies, is beautiful women rolling tobacco leaves on their thighs.
Where Hemingway drank his daiquiri
A luxury Cuba is famed for – besides its cigars – is rum, with Havana Club the leading name. I visit its Museum of Rum for an education in the distillation process and a tasting.
Havana, where nights are being danced away
It is after dark that Havana comes alive like no other city and all the day’s activities often seem like a way to pass the time until nightfall.
Havana's old center is as pretty as on TV
Countless appearances in films, adverts and photography have made Havana a star and the reality lives up to the imagery.
Some wide-eyed wandering around Havana's icons
I turn away from Havana's back streets to spend a few days as a tourist amongst the famous landmarks of the Cuban capital.
Malecon Boulevard is Havana's outdoor sitting room
Havana's Malecon boulevard along the seafront is a place to escape the city streets and enjoy fresh air.
Cuba has two problems: lunch and dinner
“We have to forever erase the notion that Cuba is the only country in the world where it is not necessary to work,” said President Raúl Castro. My Cuban friends shrug and say: “They pretend to pay us, and we pretend to work.”
The animal kingdom at its most beautiful
I have little faith as we enter the water in an attempt to swim with dolphins, struggling against the high waves.
Will today’s Cuba soon be a thing of the past?
With American-Cuban political ties normalizing, things might be changing soon for Cubanos. But in today’s Cuba, the neighborhood streets remain the number one pastime.