BOOK REVIEW: Our Woman in Havana

I don’t recall the last time I was so excited at the anticipation of reviewing a book. Thus I devoured Ambassador Vicki Huddleston’s Our Woman in Havana: A Diplomat’s Chronicle...

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Book review: Cuba, Hot & Cold

I just finished reading my pal Tom Miller’s latest gem, Cuba, Hot & Cold (The University of Arizona Press), and it’s left me with a smile on my face. Miller,...

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‘Let’s stop calling Cuba unsafe’ op-ed picked by Granma, Cuba’s daily newspaper

On January 20 I posted a piece to my blog entitled ‘Let’s Stop Calling Cuba Unsafe.’ It was a variant on an op-ed piece I posted the same day to...

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On January 18, 2018, Cuba was named “Safest Country for Tourism” at the 38th annual International Tourism Fair (FITUR), in Madrid, Spain. That’s no surprise to me. I’ve always considered...

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National Geographic photographer and Cuba expert to speak on Motorcycle Touring in Cuba at BMW Motorcycles of Riverside

Come hear motojournalist, National Geographic photographer and tour leader, and Cuba expert Christopher P. Baker speak about ‘Motorcycle Touring in Cuba’ at BMW Motorcycles of Riverside, November 15, 2017 (6-7:30pm)....

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Why you should travel to Cuba post Hurricane Irma

For three days, beginning Sep 7, Hurricane Irma (the largest and most sustained hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic; and the first Category 5 hurricane to hit Cuba in 85...

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Travel writer and Motojournalist Christopher P. Baker thrills to Scotland’s North Coast 500 ride by Indian Roadmaster

I just completed riding Scotland’s North Coast 500 route–a 500-plus mile circuit of the Scottish Highlands–on a 2017 Indian Roadmaster. What a ride! Both the route and the bike, that...

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Cuba Expert & motojournalist Christopher P. Baker to speak about motorcycle tours in Cuba at BMW Motorcycle Owners Association rally

Only one week remains before I ride out to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the 2017 BMW Motorcycle Owners Association international rally, July 13-16, 2017. I’m excited to be seeing old...

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Havana Without Makeup… a review of this superb new book about Cuba

As a veteran of the Cuba scene and a serious bibliophile with a library exceeding 500 relevant titles, I’m a harsh critic of Johnny-come-lately texts about Cuba. Every year sees...

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