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Patricia and Dick Schmuck of Hood River encountered plenty of open-air culture in Cuba, including dancers and drummers, reflecting both the Spanish and Yoruba cultures whose influences endure in the Caribbean nation.

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Traveling to a changing Cuba

First-time visitors feel enlightened, not estranged

I have been fascinated with Cuba all my adult life. In 1959, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara led a small group of young men and women into Havana, Cuba, and took over the government of Fulgencio Batista. In 1959 Dick Schmuck and I were married. Finally, 55 years later, we visited Cuba.

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