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New Year's Eve in Havana

I welcomed the year 2016 in Cuba, where my family and I and spent New Year's Eve prowling the streets of Havana. Fun and festivity were in the air. In one wild night, I made a new friend and was invited to a party I'll never forget.

Anticipating a Cuban New Year's bash, tourists usually gather in Havana's old town. The cathedral square is filled with tables, and servants scamper to keep the breeze from destroying their handiwork with the napkins.

But we decided to leave the touristic center. We walked three blocks into a barrio with buildings aging like melted sugar cubes and people who, it seems, view the world from their shabby doorsteps. The sound of creaky, rotating...

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