Cuba

School children in Trinidad
Public Education in Cuba is free and it has been a highly ranked system for many years. The University of Havana was founded in 1727 and there are a number of other well-established colleges and universities. Following the 1959 revolution, the Castro regime nationalized all educational institutions, and created a system operated entirely by the government. Education expenditures continue to receive high priority
Viñales, Cuba
Jose Manuel in his bar in Viñales.
A ‘Quinceañera’ in Cienfuegos.
The fiesta de quince años (also fiesta de quinceañera, quince años and quince) is a celebration of a girl's 15th birthday. It has its cultural roots in Latin America but is widely celebrated today throughout the Americas
Our host Pedro watches a baseball match on tv
Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Cuba.Despite its American origin, baseball is strongly associated with Cuban nationalism, as it effectively replaced colonial Spanish sports such as bullfighting. Since the Cuban Revolution, the league system in Cuba has been officially amateur. Top players are placed on the national team, earning stipends for training and playing in international competitions.

Kid plays in a street in the city of Matanzas
Unfortunately still today finding a foot ball in Cuba is anything but easy, included in the capital.

A Champions League match was being broadcast in a bar in Cienfuegos
The dancer Barbaro Ramon from Los Muñequitos de Matanzas.
They specialized in three variants of rumba: yambu (from Matanzas), a slow rhythm danced by couples; Columbia, a rural rhythm that men dance alone with knives and machetes; and guaguanco, a contemporary urban style. Rumba in itself is a musical complex of rhythm, song and dance  that evolved in Cuba from the meshing of African and Spanish influences during colonization. It flourished in communities where enslaved Africans resided near docks or sugar plantations.   

Francisco, santero and musician poses with his wife
On the shelf of their tiny living room, find a place with some of the symbols of the Yoruba religion, originally from Africa (mainly in Nigeria and Benin), which influenced the origin of various religions in the rest of the world, such as Santería in Cuba and Venezuela or the Candomblé in Brazil.