Che Gueverra

Che Gueverra

The Che Memorial and Museum were high on my list.  Che Gueverra was an Argentine doctor who believed in relieving the poor.  He traveled through South America and treated lepers.  Che was probably the only Communist involved in the revolution.  He led the troops in the battle of Santa Clara and stopped the supply train to Batista on Dec. 28.  Batista fled Cuba on January 1, never to return.  The Cubans regard him as a national hero.  He was later killed in Bolivia by the CIA or Bolivian troops, whichever story you choose to believe.  The memorial in which he is interred and the adjoining museum pay him tribute.  The museum was filled with pictures and artifacts.  No matter his beliefs, he dedicated his life to the cause.  I admire him for that and have been an avid collector of Che things – teeshirts, dolls, cards, hats and magnets.  We returned to Cienfuegos for a farewell dinner.  It was not the best meal served.  I left early, not fond of goodbyes.  The following morning we traveled to the modest airport.  As we were checking in, the girl behind the counter looked at my daughter asked.  “Do you remember me?”  Daughter replied, “Yes, I danced with you and your husband at the Disco.”  She assigned us a front row seat and did not weigh our heavy bags.  After paying a modest tax on our paintings, 3 CUC’s each, we flew to Miami.  We were in dread of U.S. customs but they waved us through without inspection.  We could have had cigars and rum.  We didn’t.  In my opinion, we should open trade with Cuba.  They are among our nearest neighbors.  They have no enmity against Americans, only the embargo which they term the blockade.  We do trade with Cuba, just not openly.  The Cubans are proud, cultured and have survived 50 years.  They will continue with or without our sanctions.