Top 7 Weirdest Things in Cuba That You Must Know
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Oh, Cuba. The island in the Caribbean has a particular level of fascination and excitement, and due to the launch of cheap aircraft routes in 2016, it is now more accessible than it has ever been before! Here are the top seven wacky things that, believe it or not, are still going on in Cuba right this very second.
1. Get used to electricity shot downs
Anywhere on the island, unexpected and unannounced power outages are the norm, with the exception of all-inclusive resorts, which the Cuban government has been so wise to supply with electricity.
Due to the Venezuelan political crisis and Cuba's "minor" oil dispute with Venezuela, it has increased in frequency. Prior to this, relations between Venezuela and Cuba were cordial, and Cuban doctors were traded for Venezuelan oil. That went very well...
Until… As a result of its political and economic crisis, Venezuela cut off communication with Cuba. The free oil for Cuba is over! Becci noted that it had a negative impact on Cuba, particularly by reducing the oil supply and restricting many Cubans' ability to travel.
2. Christmas was banned
Cuba was declared an atheist nation when Fidel Castro's communist regime took over in 1959. Christmas was no longer an official (paid) holiday in Cuba after Castro decided that it had a detrimental effect on the nation's ability to produce sugar. After Pope John Paul II's historic visit to Cuba in 1997, the country's 30-year-old ban on celebrating Christmas was lifted.
Locally, the period when Christmas was prohibited is known as Las Navidades Silenciadas (The Silent Christmases). Christmas is still a regular working day today, as Caledoniaworldwide demonstrates.
3. Wi-Fi isn’t widely available everywhere
You really become aware of how dependent you are on wifi when it's not all around you, all the time. Only a few public spaces in the city have wifi, and it costs money per hour.
We seriously neglected our prior research and started relying more and more on our reliable reference book. Even though it was a great source of knowledge and frequently saved us, we had to base EVERY decision we made on the authors' viewpoints. Thesandyfeet said, "Two people who weren't quite on the same wavelength or budget as ourselves."
4. Cuba has two currencies
Contrary to popular belief, tourists can use either of Cuba's two currencies. The majority of tourist activities, including club entry, restaurant meals, and hotel rates, are conducted in Cuban convertible pesos (CUC), which are pegged to the US dollar. The local currency, called moneda nacional (CUP), is primarily used for street food, local transportation, and goods with a Cuban price tag. One CUC, or one US dollar, is equal to 25 CUP.
5. The sale of coca-cola is prohibited
Although it's simple to order a popular rum and coke (Cuba Libre) anywhere in the nation, the drink's components are no longer made on-site. When Fidel Castro's government started seizing private businesses in the 1960s, Coca-Cola left the country and never came back. Cuba was one of the first nations to begin selling bottled Coca-Cola outside of the US in 1906. Although it was later produced in Puerto Rico, Bacardi rum was initially made in Cuba as well.
6. Cuba has a delayed case of beatles-mania
Castro famously outlawed the Beatles' music in 1964 because he thought it was a product of consumerism, but he later changed his mind and in 2000 erected a statue of John Lennon in Havana. Today, the country is home to a number of eateries and cafes with a Beatles theme.
7. You can be sentenced to prison for killing a cow
Cuban government made it unlawful for Cubans to slaughter their cows without official approval in 1963. Because 20% of the country's cows were killed by a hurricane, the law was only meant to be temporary. According to Apnews, the plan was to get the country's herds back to where they were before the revolution, when there was roughly one cow per person.
The maximum sentence for killing a cow for personal use is 25 years in prison. In Cuba, almost all meat-related buying and selling is forbidden. The meat is only used for travel and export. So be careful!
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