Carmen Romero

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In my childhood, I had two great passions that accompanied me into adulthood: reading and travelling throughout Cuba. The second stems from the fact that I was born in a small town in a beautiful valley west of Cuba; the Vinales Valley, now declared World Cultural Landscape by UNESCO. Every year I travelled with my parents and an older sister to the eastern end of the country to visit my grandparents. Thanks to these scenic family trips, I was able to see the most interesting landscapes and cities in Cuba, their parks, bridges, monuments, typical food and more. Now, with my seven-year-old son Martin in tow, I follow my father's footsteps. Putting himself in mine and my sister's shoes, he used to plan trips considering our likes whilst looking for new experiences that would enhance our children's universe. This is one of the reasons I want to help other families discover the mysteries and beauty of this island, my island.

One of the best exercises I do daily is to try to look at life through the eyes of a child; what moves them, interests them, seduces them and makes them grow. That's key to my job as an advisor to Cuban TV programming for children and youngsters, a very demanding task through which I have learned a lot about childhood and its different developmental stages: preferences, worries, motivations, fears and joys. In short, all that makes childhood and youthhood a unique and extraordinary moment and stage of life.

I love to write for children, a passion that I channel through writing scripts for TV programs aimed at children and their families, either for educational purposes, dramatisations, musicals or even theatrical children's shows, some of which have been put on stage in the largest and most important theatres of Havana.

When taking my son by his hand, or letting him take me away by his, we are a team eager to explore as many places as we can in Cuba, mostly in Havana. Our basic rule is to let ourselves get surprised by the beauty and wisdom hidden in nature, in architecture or art. Together, we have discovered parks, theatres, plazas, art exhibits, books, songs, games, etc. Not only do we enjoy new learning experiences and exciting thrills, but we also love to share them with other boys and girls around us, with their families, and with anyone interested in joining us in these intense and enriching daily adventures.

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  • 31 Dec 2016
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Lennon Park: Enjoying traditional games among Cuban children

In a safe and sound atmosphere, Parque Lennon in Havana’s Vedado neighbourhood, transforms every evening into a lovely postcard of the city’s everyday life. It’s where children enjoy playing traditional games, making new friends, and putting their creativity to test in order to have a good time. A sculpture of John Lennon, sitting on one of its benches, is the eternal silent witness to the park’s hustle and bustle and day after day attracts the young and old, thus adding to the lively activity.
  • 06 Jul 2016
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My summer in Cuba with the kids: guidance and tips to face the heat

One of Cuba's biggest draws as a popular tourist destination is its tropical weather. We enjoy what can be called an eternal summer all over the island, but every year we reach higher temperatures, sometimes breaking historical records. That's why it's advisable (and necessary) to take a few good measures to protect yourself from the strong sun rays, the high temperatures and their direct and indirect consequences, especially when it comes to children. The best way to guarantee enjoyable and unforgettable holidays to Cuba for the whole family is to know how deal with the heat. Here, drawing from my own personal experience with my family, I show you how.
  • 18 Mar 2016
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Vinales revealed by one of its own

Those who wish to discover the most extraordinary landscapes in Cuba cannot pass up the opportunity of visiting Vinales. In this post, I will give you tips on what to do and where to go when at this charming town, situated on a verdant valley of the same name. Famous for its "mogotes" (peculiar mountain formations indigenous to the island) and its exotic vegetation, Vinales comprises Cuba's largest cave system. The town's astounding natural beauty in addition to the warmth and hospitality of its people make it a favourite among thousands of local and foreign families. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, "vinaleros" (locals from Vinales) protect its beautiful landscapes and welcome anyone who wishes to admire what many consider a true paradise on earth.
  • 05 Aug 2015
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Coppelia: Cuba's Ice Cream Cathedral

Coppelia is the largest and most popular ice cream parlour in Havana, and in all of Cuba actually, with some smaller branches found elsewhere in Cuba. It was built in the 1960s to offer nothing but the ice cream made in-house and branded with the venue's name; it soon became the most authentic and tasty of its kind in Cuba. A centric spot in the city; it's famous for its long lines, given the fact that hundreds of people visit it daily not only to relish the ice cream's refreshing taste, but to socialise, to kill time and enjoy its location right at the heart of bustling Vedado, right on the corner of 23rd and L streets, the district's most popular spot.
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