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He was born in Cardenas, very close to Varadero Beach, some years ago, but not too many! From a very young age, he used to spend long periods of time in Varadero, a beach resort he knows like the back of his hand.
He was such an inquisitive and curious person by nature that by the age of seven he started doing his own collections and research. Being a pernickety and laborious student as he was, he graduated first in his class with flying colours. He knows an awful lot about the history of Varadero, and he used to be the official historian of the city of Cardenas. Thanks to his professional interest and responsibilities, he has also delved into the history of Matanzas and other nearby cities.
He owns an extensive archive made up of thousands of photos, postcards, books, newspaper articles and booklets on the history of Varadero, Cardenas and Matanzas and he also remembers, thanks to his prodigious memory, many more stories and anecdotes about these cities. He has published 15 books in Cuba and Spain, and he regularly writes on Internet and the Cuban press. He has been awarded about a hundred prizes, distinctions and recognitions for his work as a researcher and oddity collector.
Travelling as a tourist through Cuba, Spain, Italy and other European countries, he is always in the quest of finding new and interesting things; for that reason, he likes to travel around the cities and small towns and talk to the local people; visit libraries, archives, churches, convents and museums; try to convince the locals to show him what tourists normally don't see; discover forgotten monuments and historical places and, ultimately, use all that information in his books, articles and chronicles or simply to make recommendations to friends who visit these destinations. He observes and photographs every detail of the places he visits to turn his experiences into stories.
For Cuba Holidays, he writes the blog "Varadero: more than sun, sand and beach", full of very interesting chronicles accompanied by images of this stunning beach resort and its surroundings.