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Histórias de Cuba traduzidas para inglês

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Cuba of Stories

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  2. 2. Father’s Lunch  Here in Cuba, some years ago, a man used to work in the fields, cleaning the cork on thetrees close to town.One day, his son went to take him his lunch.On the way, the boy ate the meat and left only the stock. His father, already starving,took the lid off and saw that there was only stock left. His son tried to explain, lying:- I fell over on the way and only the stock remained – the greedy boy said, excusinghimself.But his father was very angry and said-There was only the stock left? I doubt it, you greedy boy!
  3. 3. The train of CubaThe old people say that when the train stopped in Cuba for the first time, on the openingday of the train station, there was a crowd to see it. The train mechanic took advantageof the break to release the pressure of the steam train.Looking at the steam the Mayor shouted:-Bring a blanket to cover this sweaty machine!And they covered it, giving the phrase: Throw it a blanket because it is sweaty! tohistory.For this reason, in Cuba you must never ask about a blanket because it could be taken inoffense.    
  4. 4.               The train of CubaThe old people say that when the train stopped in Cuba for the first time, on the openingday of the train station, there was a crowd to see it.The train mechanic took advantageof the break to release the pressure of the steam train.Looking at the steam the Mayor shouted:-Bring a blanket to cover this sweaty machine!And they covered it, giving the phrase: Throw it a blanket because it is sweaty!tohistory.For this reason, in Cuba you must never ask about a blanket because it could be taken inoffense.   
  5. 5.  The Avejões Many years ago, the old people say, there wasn’t much light in the streets and you usedto hear them say:-There’s an avejão nearby!An avejão was a type of ghost, dressed in white, tied up in chains and it made a spookynoise.The men, women and children were terrified and so they stayed at home, warm andcomfortable.But, in the end, the avejões were boys who were going to hang out with girls to courtthem and they dressed like that to fool everyone.Sometimes you heard people in Cuba say:-Look, another little avejão has just been born.     
  6. 6.     The Moorish Lady of Cuba’s HillA long time ago, a Moorish couple lived in a hill near Cuba. The man, Achmed, wasvery handsome. The woman, Hanna, was also beautiful and slim. They lived happily intheir home, surrounded by beautiful orchards. One day the Península started to beinvaded by a barbaric people. They were very destructive wherever they went they onlyleft unhappiness. Achmed had heard of these barbaric people, but he thought it didn’tmatter and he didn’t want to worry Hanna.One morning, he was woken up by a strange noise. He got up and, through a crack inthe door, he saw a man with very white skin.He remembered what he had heard about and went to wake up Hanna, hiding her in acave, with the entrance blocked off by a stone. Hanna, safely hidden, peeped throughand saw her lover suffer fatal wounds.And so, she cried tears of blood which started to come through a crack in thecaveToday, there is a freshwater fountain that spills into a little red lake. People say thatthe water is made of iron, but we know that the truth is that they are Hanna’s tears ofblood, who still wanders there, crying over her lost lover. 

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