Cuba is still a country of mystery and allure. I have a fascination with Cuba so I jumped at the opportunity to read this book. The author does a great job of presenting not only a fact-based assessment of their economic and political systems but also the perspectives of the people on their lives in an isolated country. –Amazon Review
EVERYDAY CUBA FOR NON-CUBANS
BEYOND THE RESORT CLICHÉ
A Perspective on Contemporary Cuban Society,
Struggles, and Opportunities for Economic Growth
This Cuba book touches on the following topics:
- How life in Cuba is for the Cuban people outside of the Cuban resorts
- How do the economic problems relate to Cuba Vacations and Cuba travelers
- Problems related to the Cuban Tourism sector in places such as Havana, Holguin, Varadero, Cayo Coco, Cayo Santa Maria
- A brief overview of Cuban History, and the Cuban Independence movement
- Realities of Cuba and the current economic problems related to Cuban Healthcare, Cuban Tourism, and Cuban Food and Energy supply
- Cuba Sanctions, Embargo (Bloqueo) and Cuban Economy
- Cuban Economic recovery opportunities through:
- Cuban Production
- Cuban Export
- Cuban Agriculture and Cuban Agritech
- Cuban Technology
- Artificial Intelligence in Cuba
What happens when you venture outside the boundaries of a pre-packaged travel experience and truly expose yourself to the history, economics, and culture of a country other than your own?
We are all familiar with the Cuban cliché: decaying colonial architecture, soulful salsa dancing, refreshing cocktails by the seaside—paradise, in a nutshell. We also share a superficial understanding of Cuba’s troubled political history and economic struggles over the last decades. For Araz Jahani, that superficial knowing was not enough.
Armed with nothing but vague assumptions and a desire to flee the inclement Canadian weather, Jahani first ventured to Cuba in 2004 and has since been unable to stay away. Each trip to the island has revealed how truly little we understand about the day-to-day struggles of Cuban people, the role tourism plays in perpetuating biased views about it as a destination, and the challenges new generations must face as they reshape their country’s future.
In Everyday Cuba for Non-Cubans, Jahani has captured his first-hand experiences exploring the island and befriending its people. He offers a blueprint to new travelers wishing to have what he had: a life-changing adventure beyond the resort walls, beyond the preconceptions, into the heart and soul of a Cuba that, out of comfort, ignorance, or neglect, very few of us ever see.
If you ever catch yourself fantasizing about the real Cuba and hope to turn your fantasy into a real adventure, this book is the place to start.
About the Author
Araz Jahani is a Technology Leader in the field of Software Management Consulting with years of experience in Telecom, Energy, and Banking. He holds an Executive MBA from the Rotman School of Management from the University of Toronto, as well as a BA and MA in Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa and the University of Guelph, respectively, having published multiple conference papers in this field.
Jahani is an avid traveler. During the past ten years, he has visited over 21 countries in order to learn about different cultures, experience different cuisines, and understand the underlying economic issues that shape each destination. He is an advocate for working remotely as a way to explore different cultures while maintaining a steady income. Since his first trip in 2004, Jahani has visited Cuba numerous times, acquiring an in-depth understanding of Cuban social, cultural, and economic dynamics. His interest goes far beyond economics, however. He enjoys Cuban food, and his list of favorites includes plátanos maduros fritos, congrí, and Ropa Vieja. When in La Habana, he enjoys his afternoon coffee at Plaza San Francisco or Plaza Vieja, and his morning run around the Malecón. When in Holguín, he meets with friends in Parque Calixto García. He can also be found enjoying a refreshing drink on the beaches of Guardalavaca or Cayo Guillermo.