Cuba is a country that has been shrouded in mystery ever since the United States government banned travel for Americans there in 1962. Since then, Americans haven’t been able to explore the country, unless they had explicit permission from their government – or went in via Canada.
Now, the United States and Cuba are improving diplomatic relations, and there is talk that soon, we’ll all be able to visit the country freely. Still, in the past 50+ years, a lot has transpired. Here are 40 strange facts about the country you probably haven’t seen – and some of them will make you want to go as soon as possible.
#35. It has snowed once in Cuba: On March 12, 1857.
#34. It is mandatory for government vehicles to pick up hitchhikers.
#33. A drink of rum and coke and lime is called a “Cuba Libre” in Latin America except in Cuba. There, it’s called a “mentirita,” or “little lie.”
#32. In Cuba, ballerinas are at the height of stardom and popularity. In fact, they often earn more money than doctors.
#31. Only 5% of Cubans actually have access to the uncensored, open Internet.
#30. Cuba is the only country that Americans need government permission to visit.
#29. It’s illegal to take a photograph of any military, police or airport personnel in Cuba.