Lessons in the "Caribbean" Category

Hurricanes and Typhoons

Today, let’s talk about hurricanes and typhoons.

Hurricanes and typhoons are really the same weather phenomenon that can see violent winds, torrential rain, and huge waves. These can create terrible floods in the affected areas of land.

Hurricanes occur in the Atlantic. They regularly hit islands in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as parts of Florida and North Carolina, in the USA. Recently, many of these areas were hit by Hurricane Irma. The results were devastating. It was a tragedy for all involved.

A visit to Cuba

Today, let’s talk about Cuba. I’m told it’s a fascinating place to see. Now is the time to visit the country before it all changes…

Why? Because on the 17th December 2014 US leader President Obama announced historic changes between the US and Cuba. This includes allowing Americans to travel to the island, overhauls to commerce and lifting internet restrictions. Cuba actually opened up to mass tourism in the early 1990’s. Since then the island has been the preserve of European, Latin Americans and Canadians.

Salsa dancing in Cuba draws in foreign tourists

It’s the weekend and in Cuba at Havana’s Las Canitas nightclub young and old burn up their energy on the dance floor. Salsa is hot in Havana. Dancers twirl to the latest salsa hits. In fact, Cubans pride themselves on their intricate, hip-swivelling moves. They can usually tell the difference between locals and foreigners simply by the way they move on the dance floor.

A Cuban woman shouts: “See, look at him. He needs to move his hips more.” Another she sees: “Wow, he’s got tremendous feeling.” Adding, “He could definitely be Cuban.” Cuba might be famous for its cigars, late 1950s American cars and Fidel Castro but it’s its salsa that tourists are keen to experience when they visit the island today.

The tropical music has over the last 15 years taken Europe by storm, with salsa clubs and dance studios in high demand, especially in Luxembourg, the UK, Germany and Japan. When it comes to travel many of these salsa students have still got salsa on their mind. Where better to head than Cuba in order to try it?

Category: Places to Visit / Cuba / Salsa

Haiti – International Rescue

Help from around the world is now arriving in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that hit the country recently. The tiny Caribbean country that is one of the poorest in the world was hit by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake on January 12. More than 3m people have been affected.

President Obama has been joined by former Presidents George W Bush and Bill Clinton in organising help. Together they are spearheading a fund raising drive to help survivors of the Haiti earthquake and are urging people to send cash to help the relief effort.

Meanwhile, authorities in Haiti now say as many as 200,000 people may have died following Tuesday’s earthquake. It has prompted a worldwide humanitarian response from different governments as rescuers race to save people still in the rubble.