"Still a great country after all these years" Cuba by Hesus
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Considering Cuba is not a big territory, I was amazed to find such a big and charming capital city. Havana host over some two million inhabitants, mostly descendents from Spaniards, and still show sings of a great city after so many years of hardship imposed by a dictatorship. Old architecture, from Spanish times when the city was founded in 1514 through 1898, shows magnificent colonial palaces, churches and parks. The modern city, built in the first half of the 1900’s, resembles the layout of what the city would look like if the building continued after the present government took over in 1959.
I was also amazed to learn how Cuban people suffer the hardships, including lack of freedom of speech, no enterprise, no free press, no political parties and no elections. Not even one Cuban dares to talk and criticize the rules imposed by the local government, while the United States is blamed by the lack of goods due to a US embargo on trade with the Island, and not the inability of the Cuban economical system to produce enough for their own people and trade with other countries.
The local authorities even watch the tourists. They do not trust anyone, since they feel foreigners might bring ideas of freedom to the locals.
Beaches and landscaping are superb. Anyway, all islands in the Caribbean Sea share a beautiful landscape, blue seawater and white sands, but considering Cuba is the largest one in the region, and it used to be the most developed one, they hold the largest pieces of beach and countryside. Green valleys and tropical forests surround the elevations. Music is good, either dancing or romantic. Food is First Class, typical local food or international, based on seafood, meat and grains.
Since enterprise is not free, and the Government is involved in every single transaction, including business and construction, deals are made with foreign investors to build new hotels or remodel those built before 1959.
Several airlines and tourist packages are available for travelers. However, avoid flying Cubana Airlines, their fares are cheap compared to others but the lack of good service and flight security will be an experience you don’t want to have.
I had such a sad experience learning about the suffering of the people and their lack of freedom, I don’t want to go back, unless they change. Let’s hope for the best, and soon.
- Pros:Great capital city, great people
- Cons:Lack of freedom, even tourists are watched
- In a nutshell:The whole island is a resort, and soon will wake up
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