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I admit I like to find out interesting things on the places I plan or want to visit. Also, when the time allows me, I look for valuable info from people who have visited a place. I like to chat with friends who have been to different places than those I saw, or to exchange opinions on the cities I visited.
I had some recent discussions on Cuba holidays and found out different perspectives: a country with poor areas, but also a country with a rich offer for those interested in luxury destinations here. But I mentioned something about curious and interesting facts on Cuba. Here they are:
- Seen from the air, the island of Cuba looks like a crocodile or an alligator, therefore Cuba is often referred to in Spanish as “El Cocodrilo” or “El Caimá”.
- The Manjuarí, a prehistoric fish, can nowadays be found only in Cuba.
- All the food is served at the same time in a traditional Cuban meal.
- Christmas become an official holiday in the country in 1997 in preparation for the visit of Pope John Paul (that took place in 1998).
- Apparently there are no animals or plants in Cuba that are poisonous or lethal to humans.
- Cuba has the highest doctor to patient ratio in the world and sometimes doctors are sent abroad to countries with a great need of medical professionals.
- Ernest Hemingway wrote “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “the Old Man and the Sea” while he lived in Cuba.
- The worlds’ smallest hummingbird and smallest frog cam be found in Cuba.
- The most popular sport in Cuba is baseball; citizens also like boxing and even the game of dominoes.
- Cuba is the most populated country in all of the Carribean, with over 11 million residents.
I also found an interesting presentation on SlideShare that I am including below (contains some of the facts listed above, and some new ones.
Do you know any other interesting facts about Cuba? Share them with me, please, in comments.