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        Culture Shock - Cuba - Aperitif to Culture Shock! Cuba through images of the incredibly vibrant city of Havana.
                                                         Culture Shock! Cuba is replete with nuanced stories about people and places in this complex country.

This man specializes in obtaining
the unobtainable. "I'm smoking the best
cigar in the world," he says.

Renovating Old Havana      To the top
If Cubans look fit, it's partly because the bicycle is a primary mode of transportation. You can take your bike on to the ferry to cross the bay.  
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A balanced account of Cuba's current realities, Culture Shock! Cuba is a must-read for people who wish to visit or do business in Cuba. Also a fascinating read for those curious to know more about this controversial country. On the "required reading" or "highly recommended" lists of numerous American universities with study programs abroad.

"For a deeper look at current Cuba and its many faces, we unhesitatingly recommend Culture Shock! Cuba by Mark Cramer ... a thoughtful prism for coming to grips with many of the contradictions in today's Cuban society. An sometimes hilariously funny, too."
---Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (

(Mark's other travel narratives, on Bolivia, Mexico, New York and Barcelona, can be purchased or ordered at most bookstores. His new insider's view of Paris will be published in the Spring of 2005.)    

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Havana street festival (photo taken by the author's daughter, Siomara)             To the top

Havana is teeming with accomplished musicians


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Hanging out in the old neighborhood (photo by Siomara)
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Urban swimming hole
Classic cars are the norm on Cuban streets
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School children on a field trip     To the top