Monday, April 4, 2016

#atozchallenge: C is for Castro and Che

Bonus C: C. Lee is in Nicky Peacock's Spotlight today in the U.K. How does she manage to be in the U.K. and Cuba at the same time? Alex lent me his cloning machine!




 


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This year I traveled to Cuba. You know, it's that little island that's spitting distance from Florida and should not be visited without special dispensation. I wanted to see it before MacDonald's arrived. I'm so glad I did. I learned a lot and I met some wonderful people. It seems they like us. Now there's a change!

I'll add a short T/F quiz to each post the same as I did last year about Burma, and I'll post the answers to the questions the following day. 





Answers to your T/F Quiz for B:

TRUE 1.The period of "modern architecture" in Cuba did start in the 1950s.
Actually, this is kind of a trick question since the word "modern" is a squishy one. But it seems it's used to separate buildings from the Colonial and Art Deco periods and definitely from the post 1959 one.


FALSE 2.The bici-taxi isn't unique to Cuba. They're called by many names (pedicabs, samloes), but they're found in many countries around the world including cities in the U.S.


C is for Castro and Che

Che Overlooking Independence Square

In Cuba images of Che and other Cuban heroes are just about everywhere. This fifteen-story wire piece of Che stares out over the wide expanse of Independence Square.

This Havana immense square is the 31st largest square in the world today and has seen many history-making events. The most recent events were the Pope's visit and Obama's visit.



True/False Quiz for C:

1. Castro's image is on almost every wall and billboard in Cuba.
2. Che was originally an Argentinian Marxist before going to Cuba.

Answers tomorrow.

40 comments:

  1. That is big.
    I'd guess the first one is true since he does really admire himself.

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  2. Interesting post. I've never been to Cuba. I'm glad you discovered they like us. ;)

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  3. I'd think Castro's photo is probably everywhere even though his brother is president now. Not sure about the second.

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  4. YAY, I know this one: Number 2 is True! Got Saturday's wrong :( Great post, Lee. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. That wire piece is impressive! I'd guess they're both true.

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  6. That is rather huge haha say #2 is true.

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  7. How awesome you got to visit Cuba. I'd love to go there someday too.

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  8. I'm saying true again.
    Love this history lesson, thank you!

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  9. Well I got both of yesterday's questions wrong! I'm going to say false to #1 and true for #2. (I'm positive I've got at least ONE right.)

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  10. I love that wire piece - it's huge and yet doesn't seem all that imposing!

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  11. I like this, quiz.. smile.
    I have a little warm heart for Che. I think , he was handsom . Smile.
    I will come back.
    Angelzuz
    In Awe

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  12. The A to Z is once again a bit imposing (and overwhelming). I see that you're talking Cuba. My knowledge is very limited, so I see this as a learning opportunity.

    My blog friend Manzi told me via blog comment that Fidel Castro wanted to be a professional baseball player (here in the US) before he did that "other" thing. Her husband owned a baseball team and Fidel tried out (pitcher), but wasn't good enough, and he didn't make the cut. I guess that pissed him off, so he went back to Cuba... and the rest is history.

    As for your T/F... I'm going to say True to both.

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  13. I am pretty sure the second one is a yes and think the first one is probably a yes. Che was an interesting character and it would be interesting to know what happened between him and Castro

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  14. Yeah... Trivia isn't really my thing, but I'm inclined to believe both of those. #2 has me leaning though...

    C is for Cheese

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  15. I think both are true today. I hope the common folks in Cuba benefit from the coming changes.

    Susan Says

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  16. That's a huge wire image.
    I think both are true.
    Writer In Transit

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  17. Cuba would be a fascinating place to visit. I'm happy to hear that the people like us. I'd guess "yes" to both of them.

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  18. How lovely that you got to visit Cuba. As for Castro ... it's a name that has been a part of my life and yet I know so very little. I am always interested in learning more. I suspect #1 is true :)

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  19. That's big! I'm going to guess true for both.

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  20. My that was big, wonderfully interesting to read.
    Yvonne.

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  21. both are heroes of the freedom loving world

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  22. This brings back memories. I was militant at the university and guess who was one of the people I admired? Che. In many ways that militant streak is still in me.
    Thanks for the memories.
    Shalom,
    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  23. Forgot to mention while going down memory lane that Che is from Argentina.
    Shalom,
    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  24. I'm sticking with true. :) Have you seen The Motorcycle Diaries? Wondering what you thought of it if so.

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  25. So you're a clone? Is that how you manage to accomplish so many things each day?
    Interesting post. You're giving us a nice history lesson.

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  26. Interesting, thanks for sharing the photos! It is a good thing that they like us! LOL

    -Lauren

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  27. I'm enjoying learning more about Cuba with each post. Keep them coming with the pictures!

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  28. Hi, Lee,

    Terrific theme! I would say true to both...

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  29. We all need a cloning machine this month!

    Yvonne

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  30. I'm going with true for the first one ( of course he admires himself so much) and false for the second one. I'm glad to see I guessed your theme reveal. This is my first chance to stop by, I was on spring break with my kids. This is going to be such an interesting topic. I've always wanted to visit Cuba. It's probably, because it's so close and because of the mystery surrounding us being prohibited. My father used to travel to Havana back in the day when people traveled there to gamble and it was quite different. He died in January and that makes me want to see more of the world that he knew.

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  31. Cuba sounds like such an interesting place to visit! Thanks for the info. :)

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  32. I think I need a cloning machine for this month!
    It's awesome you got to go to Cuba. I've only visited Canada for foreign counties.

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  33. I would love to visit Cuba accompanied by the ghost of Ernest Hemingway ... or Woody Allen! :-)

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  34. I have 4 Che tshirts - all black. :)
    My answer is "True" for both questions.
    What fun, Lee!

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  35. I always used to wonder who the chap on all the T-shirts and posters was, was ages before I learned anything about Che :)
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings (70) | Wittegen Press (72) | FB3X (AC) (73)

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  36. Couldn't do a series on Cuba without Castro and Che.

    I think both #1 and #2 are true. (If I remember correctly, Che wasn't from Cuba in any case. Just not dead sure about where he's from.)

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  37. Che is huge everywhere and stand s for so much. I know that Castro doesn't like to have his picture everywhere. I know that Che came from South America.

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