Susana Corona

The islands' go-between

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Born and raised in Cuba for half of my life, I feel strongly passionate about the nation that saw me come into the world and nourished my childhood and early teen years. With a father that had a job in the travel industry which required him and my family to travel abroad from early on, Cuba was always my returning point, my home, my roots and what I missed and longed for.

I live in the UK now and have done so since I turned 16 (although I first arrived here when I was 14) but I've never stopped travelling back and forth to see family in Cuba and keep strong ties with my homeland. I feel that now as Cuban-born British citizen who's had most of her late teenage schooling and university education in the UK; I have equally grown in both cultures and have been equally educated by both societies.

So, when it comes to writing about Cuba, I do so from a unique vantage point, as a Briton that understands what British travellers feel, what they seek or struggle to understand, what their interests are when it comes to visiting or learning about Cuba and what they are interested in getting to know about the island. I write about it all from a British perspective but with a Cuban soul or sometimes the other way around – like having a double identity with a firm background in both islands.

I’m the eternal go-between that never tires of going back and forth.

Susana Corona

Susana's Been There Done That

  • Got lost in a sugar cane field while sampling "guarapo"
  • Watched the sunset and sunrise from the Malecon on the same day
  • Sang along to some tunes from young amateur musicians in Calle G
  • Climbed "Pico Turquino" while attempting to salsa-dance my way up
  • Danced the night away in honour of the Orishas at a "santeria" house party

Recent articles by Susana

  • 06 Sep 2018
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Connecting Two Islands

Hot in Cuba - Havana's 500th-anniversary celebrations, Pablo Milanes concert, Wifredo Lam exhbition, Ballet Nacional and Ballet de Camaguey

As the school season begins and everyone goes back to the old routine, Cuba unveils an exciting calendar of events this September that will grow larger as the month unfolds. Havana will be the main focus of activities as it celebrates its 500th anniversary with a big opening concert by Cuban troubadour legend Pablo Milanes. Then there are ballet productions taking to the stage and special art exhibitions, with more to be announced soon.
  • 21 Aug 2018
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Havana's Chinatown and how Chinese culture in Cuba is very much alive

Yes, there aren't as many "pure" Chinese people in Cuba as there once were. But Chinese culture, customs and food remain deeply rooted in Cuban culture, and nowhere more so than in Havana's Chinatown, a.k.a. "El Barrio Chino". On this post, we look at how Chinese culture merged with Cuban and Afro-Cuban heritage to create something quite unique, not found anywhere else in the world. Certainly, not in the same way. Chinatown offers a rare window into Chinese Cuba and how it's evolved over time.
  • 07 Aug 2018
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Hot in Cuba this August - Carnivals all around, municipal parties in Holguin and a summer of dance!

The celebratory mood is in full swing in Cuba this August, with most people in the island taking a break from work during this time of year and planning to party in one way or another. There'll be plenty of excuses to don on your dancing shoes, with not one but three street festivals taking place throughout the country, from carnivals in Cienfuegos and Havana to street parties in Holguin. Which one will you be lucky enough to enjoy?
  • 17 Jul 2018
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The incredible marine terraces of Punta Maisi - a rare wonder and unseen paradise

Located right at the easternmost tip of the island, Punta Maisi's claim to fame goes beyond being one of the country's "two ends" but also houses unique geological formations that are a wonder to discover and a rare sight very few have had the privilege to witness first-hand. Yet, getting here is not impossible and if you ask around you might be able to arrange a guided excursion taking you through the marine terraces' many remarkable. Remember, we told first!
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