Thursday, December 17, 2009
Cuba - One of the Best Places to Live
Cuba - One of the Best Places to Live - Learn More About the Beauty and Culture of Cuba
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Stephanie_Hofstetler]Stephanie Hofstetler
The iron hand rule of Fidel Castro has not obliterated the charm and exquisite beauty of Cuba, the largest and most western island of the West Indies. Known for the finely textured Cuban cigars, technically gifted boxers and baseball players, political defections, its communistic ideals, Fidel Castro, and the non-Cuban Che Guevarra's underlying role as a revolutionary pop culture hero that helped Cuba instill its Marxist foundation.
An archipelago or group of islands, Cuba's fertile soil and abundant sugar and tobacco production made it the wealthiest island of the Caribbean. Its culture and traditions are a product of its varied ancestry being a former colony of Spain which ruled the island for 400 years. A tourism haven, Cuba offers a good mount of places with significant historical value and importance.
Havana, the capital city, although one of the oldest cities in the western hemisphere, has a modern section and is the largest city in the West Indies. It is particularly one of the places most visited by foreign tourists and backpackers. In spite of the seemingly hard and repressed individuality prevailing in Cuba due to the government's socialist philosophy, tourists still cannot resist the edifying experience it brings and its Eden-like nature.
Its rich mixture of people and customs enabled it to build a society of fun-loving, musical people. Recognized by the international community for the richness and variety of its popular music, Spanish Andalusian, French, and African music have created a special blend of rhythms and melodies that constitute the Cuban trademark in such musical forms as the chachachá, rumba, and salsa. One of the most influential sources of Caribbean popular music, its infectious African drumming and rhythms have inspired dance and song that has made Cuban music popular throughout the world.
Many Cubans have grown into fine tuned athletes fuelled mainly by discipline and strict work ethic. Sports play a major role in the early life of young Cubans; it sows in their minds the seeds of patriotism. It is also particularly a nice way for an expatriate to begin his relations by joining natives in playing baseball, which is a favorite pastime among Cubans.
After years under communist/socialist rule, the Cuba of today has risen to become an excellent place to live in. Its traditions have been well preserved, arguably or in part, because of Castro's steadfast commitment to meld Cuba's past with its present in order to prepare for the future.
After years under communist/socialist rule, the Cuba of today has risen to become one of the best places to live in. Its traditions have been well preserved, arguably or in part, because of Castro's steadfast commitment to meld Cuba's past with its present in order to prepare for the future. Learn about more of the best countries to live at http://www.bestplaceslive.com/
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