Heather Murray

Among Friends: Travels in Cuba

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ISBN: 9783033057661
Publisher: Heather Murray
Publication Date: 2016-10-06
Number of pages: 298
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Among Friends:Travels in Cuba is an account of one woman's exploration of Cuba, as the country begins to find its feet in the post-Fidel era. With an eye for the telling details of daily life,  Murray first explores Havana and then other provinces to the west and east in visits spread over a period of eight years. 

We meet Julian, a fellow-teacher and friend, Magdalena, landlady and untiring critic of the Castro regime, Ernesto, intrepid taxi-driver and mountain guide, plus a colorful cast of clueless tourists, cow-less cowboys, hardworking entrepreneurs, and good-natured bicitaxi drivers. Besides probing the Cuban psyche, Murray's explorations highlight the unique beauty of Cuba, from the elegant center of old Havana to the picturesque rock formations of the Vinales valley, and from the pristine beaches of the northern keys to historic Trinidad and the Escambray mountains with their wildlife, waterfalls and jungles. 
A humorous and sympathetic portrait of Cuba as it emerges from over half a century of privation and isolation, this book will amuse, inform and beguile both new and experienced visitors. 

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