Our man in Havana: music, mojitos and swearing in Spanish

The grand windows of Casa Almson are flung wide, the trade winds offering a gentle breeze off the Florida straits as the sun descends across Havana, and I am learning Spanish. “Anoche, yo fui en un nightclub de mala fama,” I say. WAAAAHK. “What the hell was that?” I retreat to English. “Was that a […]

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10 great wilderness cabins and campsites in Canada: readers’ tips

Canada holidays Readers’ travel tips 10 great wilderness cabins and campsites in Canada: readers’ tips Whether it’s backcountry camping, huts for post-hike relaxation or a hot tub and luxury cabin after a day in a canoe, our tipsters know some great stays Winning tip: Glacier View Cabins, northern British Columbia Simply one of the most […]

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Taos, New Mexico: a road trip of highs and pueblos

On the boards and on the town … Snowboarders are well served by Taos’ slopes … and its lively downtown.Photograph: Michael DeYoung/Getty Images In the biting cold of the dark, incense-scented St Jerome chapel, tour guide Francisco Velarde, or “Flying Hawk” in his native Tiwa language, is explaining his people’s history to a small audience […]

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San Luis Obispo, California: America’s happy valley

A few years ago my husband and I rented a bungalow in the Californian mission town of San Luis Obispo. We lived next to a firefighter and an octogenarian cowboy named Webb. There were annual block parties, potluck suppers, a coveted tomato growing prize (the champion donning a flowing silk cape, parading around our cul-de-sac). […]

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