Study Spanish in Cuba, the Caribbean island famous for its music, history and beautiful beaches
Many of the buildings in Cuba’s colonial cities have been wonderfully preserved, with the cobbled streets and grandiose squares of Havana, Trinidad, Cienfuegos and Camagüey all being listed as UNESCO world heritage sites. As you wander these streets, you can’t help but catch phrases of Afro-Cuban, salsa or son music. Music and dance are in this country’s blood and live music is not hard to find, creating an infectiously vibrant atmosphere. You will almost certainly hear musicians playing songs by one of the county's most famous groups, the Buena Vista Social Club. Outside the cities there are many white sandy beaches where you can while away all your cares in the world, as well as swamps, forest and mountains for the more adventurous to explore.
In 2018 the almost 60-year Castro era came to an end, in which the famous Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro and his brother Raúl Castro ruled the country following communist values. Cuba has already been in the midst of social and cultural change in recent years and will now have to assert its position without a Castro as the head of the country. This makes it an interesting destination to visit now as you can now witness first-hand the way in which the revolution's egalitarian political ideals are finding a new way of co-existing with Western free-market economics. While mulling over the country’s history and politics, why not relax and enjoy one of the country’s most famous cocktails, a mojito or daiquiri, just like the writer Ernest Hemingway loved to do.
Although it may be different from the Spanish you have come across before, the Cuban accent and way of speaking has a unique charm that you will pick up quickly. Cubans are known for being welcoming and friendly, with the country’s overwhelming atmosphere being laidback and fun-loving.