Why You Should Visit Cuba Immediately

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Do you like national reserves? Yes? Cuba is one of the biggest reserves in the world. The whole country is a reserve. Many people live here. They get their food, not luxurious, but enough to live on. The management of that national reserve gives them some clothes. The weather in Cuba is always good; there may be only three rainfalls during the whole winter. So, one T-shirt, one pair of shorts, and a pair of slippers for every inhabitant of the reserve are quite enough. However, if you are a very fashion-conscious citizen, you can have two T-shirts, two pairs of shorts, and two pairs of slippers of different colors.

All inhabitants live inside a strictly guarded area and cannot leave it to see the outside world. What for? The socialist paradise is right here; be grateful and live happily and freely inside it.

It is not possible to know how the rest of the world lives by looking in Google because there is no Google here, and there is no Internet. Almost none. Some officers of hotels or universities can get Internet, but through a dial-up connection. Do you remember what that is?!

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Quinta da Regaleira as My Internal World in Sintra

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Quinta da Regaleira. Sintra, Portugal.

Quinta da Regaleira. Sintra, Portugal.

Good evening. I am Doctor António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro, and I am one those people who are called a lucky man. Right from my birth in Brazil, I had all that a human being needs for a happy life. My Portuguese parents were rich and healthy, and I was a rich and healthy boy. Later, I was sent to my historical motherland, Portugal, to study in the University of Coimbra. Graduated in law, I returned to Brazil to make from my parents’ money, much more money, by trading in coffee and precious stones. One day, people gave me the nickname, Millionaire. Was it enjoyable? Maybe, but every day I remembered my student life in Coimbra; it was more enjoyable and interesting.

My friend Luigi Manini and I often sat in a cafe talking about Templars, Rosicrucians, Masons, etc. Esotericism is a very interesting topic. No one knows for sure what is it, where is it, and how is it. Everyone can say what he thinks and no one can catch him in a lie. How could we know that in the future all our conversations would result in the birth of the unique garden, villa, and chapel in the town of Sintra, Portugal; our Palácio da Regaleira would be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, and people would remember me not as Monteiro the Millionaire, but as doctor Carvalho Monteiro, the creator of one of the most unusual and mystical gardens in the world?

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Ellis Island: Gateway to a New Life

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I love theater and restaurants, but more than that, I love history. New York’s history may not be as deeply rooted as that of Europe, but the building of a country in the New World has a historical significance of its own. Ellis Island, which is partly in New York and partly in New Jersey, played an important role in nation building. It was the busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 to 1954. Millions of immigrants from many different countries, mostly European, passed through the doors of the Immigration House. Imagine how many destinies were resolved here, how many people started a new life, sometimes successful, sometimes not, but most times better than what they left behind.

During the War of Independence, Samuel Ellis, a merchant from New York and owner of Ellis Island, opened a tavern on the island and provided products for local fishermen. The first immigration law, The Naturalization Act of 1790, said that any white man who has lived for two years in the United States becomes a citizen. In 1808, Ellis Island was sold to the state of New York, but retained its name. In the same year, the island was sold to the Federal Government for $ 10,000.

The first immigrant passed through the center on Ellis Island was Annie Moore, a 15-year-old Irish girl who received official congratulations and $ 1,000 ($10 gold coin).

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