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

  • 11 Dec 2018
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Hot in Cuba - Habana Film Festival, The Nutcracker, Havana in Concert, plenty of jazz jamming and month-long circus action

December is quite the big month in Cuba and despite what you might easily be led to think it has little to do with Christmas. This is the month the Cuban capital celebrates its annual film festival, one of Latin America’s oldest and most prestigious. This is the month that Cuban ballet companies take centre stage to delight audiences with winter classics and this is is the month that Cuba celebrates its biggest party - the nationwide New Year’s celebration - Let the merriment begin!
  • 05 Dec 2018
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Is this Al Capone’s house in Varadero? Mafia myth or real-life story?

There is an imposing mansion in Varadero built out of coral stone and majestically sitting overlooking the sea. For years it has been described as one of Al Capone’s former abodes in the island. But whether this assumption is a myth or a fact is a debatable issue that has generated much speculation. Now turned into a restaurant, the aptly-named “Casa de Al” indeed makes plenty of reference to the legendary mobster and it’s a great place to soak up the ambience of Cuba’s very real mafia history.
  • 29 Nov 2018
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Past and present of five stunning Vedado mansions

Also known as the heart of the capital’s downtown area, the elegant neighbourhood of Vedado is Havana’s most popular hotspot for a good reason, or rather, quite a few. One of them is being home to some of the country’s most majestic and memorable mansions, as full of history and glamour as they are resilient, stoically withstanding the test of time and admired by locals, many of whom still remember the old stories surrounding them and the famous characters that inhabited them.
  • 20 Nov 2018
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Havana primps itself to perfection to celebrate its 500th anniversary in style

Next year Havana is turning half a millennia old. That's right Cuba's seventh oldest city is reaching the half-century milestone birthday in November 2019 and ahead of its 500th anniversary the city has an impressive line-up of festive events planned throughout the year. In this blog post, we highlight some of the biggest festivities, celebrations and special activities planned so far to keep you in the know, just in case you're thinking about embarking on a 2019 Cuba holiday in Havana.
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