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October 2008

Hard Times in Cuba's Tobacco Country

Posted: Oct 16, 2008 5:02pm ET

Life is tough in the countryside in Cuba. Anyone who tells you otherwise doesn't know. I spent most of Tuesday visiting some tobacco plantations. Most were in the Vuelta Abajo, or Vegas Finas part of the tobacco area near the towns of San Luis and San Juan y Martinez.

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Another Day in Cuba

Posted: Oct 14, 2008 9:38am ET

I am heading out to Pinar del Río today. I am not sure what I will see, but it should be interesting to say the least. Everyone I speak to says that the area east of Pinar, or the Semi-Vuelta, was absolutely hammered by the two hurricanes in September.

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Back In Havana

Posted: Oct 13, 2008 11:55am ET

I am spending Sunday afternoon in Havana with a San Cristobal de La Habana El Morro. The Churchill-sized smoke is delivering very balanced tea and milk character with hints of flowers and cedar. It's a friendly, easy-going smoke that just wants to make you happy.

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Blue Smoke to Fight the Blues

Posted: Oct 10, 2008 8:06pm ET

As I write this, I am smoking a cigar sitting on the terrace of the Raleigh Hotel in Miami and contemplating life. Yes, you can still smoke in some places in Florida! I am traveling tomorrow to a place that is about as far away as you can get from the awful news of the stock market meltdown.

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