10 thoughts on “Another Glimpse Of Cuba

  1. Hello NOTES TO PONDER. The streets seem almost unnaturally clean compared to other city streets I have seen. And most of them seem deserted. I wish tRump had not knee jerked us back out of relations with Cuba. I was really glad Obama was trying to normalize our interaction with the country. Hugs

    • Cuba is a extremely tidy nation. tRump is viewed as the devil by Cubans, Obama a saint. We met 4 Americans in Santiago de Cuba, one born in Cuba, home visiting family. A photographer from Texas granted access on an Arts visa, and a couple from Texas, the husband a music teacher there to participate in a Conga at Carnival. No American is allowed to stay at State run hotels, they all said their accommodation in private homes was secured through PayPal accounts (PayPal is based in Sweden). The couple from Texas said they used a credit card at the airport, within minutes an email from their U.S. bank informed them their accounts had been frozen. Husband phoned bank, bank replied “you’re in Cuba, no funds can be released”. Geez! It’s crazy!!!!

      • Hello Notes To Ponder. All due to bigotry and the need to force others to your will. I don’t see how the leaders of Cuba are so much worse than the dictators he loves like Russia, North Korea, Saudi Arabia? So again he can not make anything off of Cuba and a black man is loved there for treating them like humans, so the policy has to be stopped. Hugs

  2. Cubans prove that a wee bit of TLC can extend the lifespan of “built-in obsolescence” almost indefinitely.

    I don’t understand the continuance of the ostracising of Cuba; isn’t ol’ Castro a wee bit deceased these days? (Or, horrors, did nobody tell the democratically elected leader of the USA?)

    • Hello Argus. You and me both. It makes no sense at all. I was in West Berlin in the 1980’s. Not my unit because I was an intelligence unit but all the other units often went to East Berlin and shopped, walked around. The way we changed the society and brought the wall down was showing those folks what we had, and they wanted it. Their want, their desire, their demands made that wall come down. But we planted the seed and idea in their heads every time we went to their areas and had so much more than they did. The first time I was in East Berlin I went in to a store of glasses and cups. A couple was there looking at a set of glasses. As soon as I was looking at them them A person came and moved the couple away. I did not speak German but a friend with me did. The couple was very upset. My friend explained to me while listening to them, that the couple had saved a long time to buy what to me was less than a dollar in glasses. I asked my friend to reassure them everything would be OK. I bought the entire shelf for what for me was $4 and gave it to that couple. During my time over there the East Germans had wooden cars that took them years to get. That is what we had, something they wanted. Today I am not so sure. Hugs

      • People won’t listen when I try to explain that (true) Capitalism was based on systems of fair exchange. Exchanges of values freely entered into by both sides; and until such becomes fact rather than theory we shall be stuck with endless bloody wars and Berlin walls.

        You did well indeed to buy the glasses and make a gift of them—and I think I can safely guarantee that you were never forgotten.

      • Hello Argus. I thank you but I want to make clear I was not feeling heroic at the time. I was upset. The shelves were nearly empty. I did not want to be there, but people in my unit were required to go once with our insignia removed, ( which was really stupid as every other US soldier was there in full uniform with badges and we had ours removed..make us a target please ) I really was not going to buy anything. ( disclosure I did end up buying a lot of crystal glass stuff at a unbelievable price ) But the total abject sadness of the couple, and the way they were rudey pushed away upset me so much I was in tears myself. I guess I can not change my self from who I was then to who I am today. I really hope they are OK. I really felt bad for them. For a few minutes in my life I was them. Hugs

      • Reminds me of a scene in the movie, “American Rhapsody” when the young girl return to Budapest from the States wearing her American jeans. A sad scene. People only see the surface of things.

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