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CUBA 2003 >>
The land that is Castro and cigars
Crumbling colonial houses
And classic Chevrolet cars
Where everyone is meant to be equal
Every business, state-controlled
Food products, weighed and rationed
Rules and regulations, to be followed
Be surprised by the contrasts
Be shocked by the disparities
Be humbled by their lives
Be touched by their sincerities
... written by trisha
From MEXICO 2003...
My Cuban experience was one of mixed feelings.
I gapped at the colonial houses and 1950s Chevys with the giddy excitement of a child let loose in a toy-store. I was constantly floating around with the thought "I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M IN CUBA!". I puzzled over the disparities between what are offered to the US$-carrying tourists and what the locals can afford. I learnt bit by bit, how socialism is like on this island. I saw what was or was not on offer in the ration shops, Cuban-peso stores and local eateries. I queued with the locals and ate the same awful food and questionable syrup drinks.
Having such an eye-opening experience myself, I could not understand the determined and blatant ignorance of the sun-sand-sea-sequins tourists who come to Cuba for a week or two.
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