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The city of Havana is busy. Many of the old colonial homes are being restored. The population of Havana is about 2 million and the streets are safe even at night. Prices are modest, comparable to the USA. The people of Havana are friendly and industrious. I visited the Moro Castle where the cannon booms every evening at 9 p.m. I found Cuba to be unlike most of the other Caribbean Islands. It is very European. The people are believers but not religious. The Catholic church never had a substantial mission in Cuba because there was no one available to convert. The natives were poor fisherman and the civilization was not rich like the countries of Latin and South America. For that reason the Catholic church never established a strong presence. In addition, when the national hero of Cuba, Jose Marti died, the Catholic church held a celebratory mass, thereby antagonizing the populace. The Cubans will go to church and light a candle when tragedy is imminent or when they are undertaking risk. Education is free and Cuba has a literacy rate in the high 90 percentiles. There are no beaches in Havana and no small boats in the harbor because Castro doesn’t want his people to flee. The beaches are on other parts of the island nation. In the evenings the people walk along the harbor along the famous Malecon. Music is everywhere. You can’t sit down to a meal without a group of musicians serenading.