They call it the Rome of the Americas. Havana, Cuba is one of the world’s great cities architecturally. It is also economically isolated due to an embargo and the fall of the Soviet Union, following years of Cold War isolation. And so the city appears frozen in time, filled with charm and seemingly in decay, lacking the resources to restore its crumbling treasures.
For the past few years, The University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, one of the only architecture schools in the country to focus exclusively on classical and traditional architecture, has been sending professors and students to Havana during the summer to study the architecture, work with the Office of the City Historian, as well as provide humanitarian support to a local convent. When the students return to the U.S., they participate in a studio class where they design city plans and buildings that they imagine would help revive the city and strengthen its urbanity.
Geoffrey Baer brings us a behind-the-scenes look at the experience of Midwestern architecture students who have traveled the 90 miles from Miami to Cuba and returned inspired by the urban potential of Havana. The connection between the university and the city of Havana extends further than the summertime program. The first graduate of Notre Dame’s architecture program, Eugenio Rayneri Piedra, was the architect of El Capitolio, Havana’s Capitol Building.
It’s fair to say that only a clairvoyant would have predicted that the baseball mad island of Cuba would have made it to the 1938 World Cup to become the first Caribbean country to play at the finals. Perhaps the only member of the team not surprised to see the Cubans head for France was their goalkeeper Benito Carvajales, whose apparent gift of predicting the future would make him an unlikely star of the ’38 series.
Hopes for even a respectable showing at the tournament weren’t high, and only the presence of the Dutch East Indies relieved Cuba of the label of tournament “whipping boys”. But where there was Carvajales between the sticks, there was hope. The 1938 tournament was a straight knockout, and the Cubans excelled themselves to earn a 3-3 draw in extra time with Romania.
|Gentlemen, I shall not be playing, but we shall win the replay, that’s certain. The Romanian game has no more secrets for us. I say to you that we shall score twice, they will score only once. Adios
The Cuban coach announced that Carvajales would be dropped for the replay, but Carvajales piqued the interest of the European press corps by dramatically calling a press conference in the aftermath of the match. “Gentlemen, I shall not be playing, but we shall win the replay, that’s certain. The Romanian game has no more secrets for us. I say to you that we shall score twice, they will score only once. Adios, Caballeros.”
In Toulouse on June 5, 1938, that’s exactly what happened. Romania led 1-0 at half time, but the Cubans roared back to win 2-1, their winner coming after a linesman flagged for offside but the referee allowed it to stand anyway. Carvajales, recalled for the next match, had accurately predicted the first bona fide World Cup shock, but oddly, he kept his thoughts to himself for the quarter final match in Sweden.
Perhaps he had a portend of things to come, as the Swedes rattled eight goals past him without reply. His team-mates claimed they’d been hammered “due to unforeseen circumstances.”
Camagüey, 18 jun.- Desde inicios de la presente semana y hasta el venidero 15 de septiembre se extiende en la provincia la temporada de verano en las siete bases de Campismo Popular, para promover el turismo sano y de contacto con la naturaleza.
Camagüey, 18 jun.- La peletería La Principal y la tienda Plaza Mercado constituyen los establecimientos comerciales pioneros en la provincia en ofrecer sus servicios tanto en CUC (peso convertible) como en CUP (moneda nacional), iniciativa que responde a las transformaciones económicas que experimenta el país en aras de eliminar la doble moneda.
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I’m a triathlete, which means that when I’m not running a triathlon, I’m training for one. It’s a demanding sport that requires year-round commitment, and even a two-week break can seriously disrupt your momentum and potentially throw off your whole season. So what do you do with all of your hard-earned vacation time when you can’t take time off from training? Easy: Bring your bike on an Active adventure to Cuba.
This winter, I took the Cycle Cuba tour; a two-week, two-wheeled adventure through the rural western side of the island. Our group featured a mix of travellers of all ages, abilities, and nationalities, led by our faithful Cuban CEO Andy. The game plan was simple: 1. Get off the plane. 2. Meet up at the hotel. 3. Hop on our bikes. 4. Hit the road. 5. Repeat as necessary.
We covered all sorts of terrain, from 10km (6 miles) of flatland on the first day to 70km (43miles) of mountainous route the next, and just about everything else in between. With lots of breaks for fruit and refreshments, we crossed a variety of landscapes – mountain ranges, beaches, farmland, and bustling cities – with engaging local encounters along the way. We ate incredible home-cooked meals with local families, and sampled some of the island’s best coffee, too.
But the biking was just the half of it. Hikes and nature walks got us out of the saddle and up-close with the incredible countryside, time at the beach let us cool off, and ziplining across a lake-filled valley gave us an adrenalized highlight that energized us for the next day’s ride.
While I initially came to stay in shape, I found that the trip’s relaxed pace allowed us to really experience the island more fully and appreciate the scenery we were riding through. The camaraderie that comes with travelling with active-minded people was a nice bonus, too, as every night around the dinner table we treated each other to stories of triumphant climbs and hair-raising descents. The best part: Going to bed each night with a wide grin, knowing that you’d get to do it all over again the next day. Off-season training should always be this much fun.
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Sevilla, 3 de julio: arranca gira de Lucía Sócam “Con las mismas ganas de revolución”, con nuevo disco grabado en Cuba
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