Richard Knight

Richard Knight

Nature lover and city explorer

I've been a keen traveller ever since I was a youngster, absolutely fascinated by different cultures, and I'm lucky enough to say I've visited six of the seven continents - one day I'll get to Antarctica!

The one country I've never been to but definitely remains on my bucket list, is travelling across Russia from west to east.

My love of travelling extended into my studies too, and I read French, Spanish and Portuguese at university, before doing a post-grad course in Italian.

After graduation, over the next decade, I lived in Madrid, Valencia, Las Palmas, Lisbon, Cologne, Paris, and Nice, before returning to the UK in 2014. However, I still travel a lot and get away as much as I can to write about my experiences and the fascinating things I see wherever I go.

Cuba is the most amazing place I've ever seen, and my love for this Caribbean island goes beyond 1950s American cars and Mojitos.

Cuba is probably the most nuanced place I've ever visited and the more I write about it, the more interesting it becomes on a multitude of different levels. There are a myriad of things which bewitch me about Cuba, and I find everything, from the history, the architecture, the geography and geology, the flora and fauna, and lastly the people, truly beautiful.

In my opinion, there's no better way to see this layered island than by bicycle. It's a great way to get up close and personal with the kind and friendly "Cubanos", with whom I've forged many lasting friendships.

Lastly, music is my other great passion, so you can probably imagine that Cuba suits me well musically too! It's a country whose foot constantly taps along to the rhythm of the impossibly catchy music it produces, and I love how stoic, carefree, tragic, profound, and joyous the lyrics and melodies are.

You'll never visit Cuba just once. It's impossible not to go back again and again.

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Recent articles by Richard Knight

Havana Customs building to be converted to a hotel and cruise terminal
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Havana Customs building to be converted to a hotel and cruise terminal

Cuba

Cuba

The latest news from the Cuban capital informs us that the well-known Havana Customs building is to be converted into a hotel and tourist complex for cruise ships. Read on and find out more about this historic building, and its future plans!

American rock band Blondie fulfil their ambition of visiting Havana, Cuba
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American rock band Blondie fulfil their ambition of visiting Havana, Cuba

Cuba

Cuba

Blondie lead vocalist Debbie Harry has told the BBC in an article how the group fulfilled a long-term ambition to visit Havana, the capital city of the Caribbean island of Cuba.

Cuban musical artist Cimafunk makes this week's recommended playlist for the New York Times
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Cuban musical artist Cimafunk makes this week's recommended playlist for the New York Times

Cuba

Cuba

Afro-Cuban funk artist Erik Iglesias Rodriguez, aka Cimafunk, has made this week's recommended playlist for the New York Times with the song 'Funk Aspirin', featuring George Clinton.

Two major airlines resume their flight routes to Cuba this Autumn
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Two major airlines resume their flight routes to Cuba this Autumn

Cuba

Cuba

Virgin Atlantic and World2Fly are set to resume their flight routes to Cuba from September and October 2021. These are encouraging steps for holidaymakers planning to visit Cuba in the near future.

The magic of the Buena Vista Social Club is back after 25 years
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The magic of the Buena Vista Social Club is back after 25 years

Cuba

Cuba

Twenty-five years after their internationally acclaimed eponymous album, The Buena Vista Social Club has returned with an album of unreleased songs to mark their anniversary in style.

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