Cuba…

Cuba…

Cuba, What is it about Cuba that is so intriguing?   I traveled there last month to find out since it is now legal for Americans to visit for cultural or religious interest.  First of all, forget everything you have read in the media about existing conditions.  There are modern cars and air-conditioned tourist coaches.  The hotels are very nice and service is excellent.  The Cubans do not dislike Americans, only the embargo or blockade.  Many of them speak English.  The streets are smooth.  Sure, there are a lot of old cars but most of them are used for picture opportunities and to drive tourists.  There is music and culture, symphony, theater and ballet.  However the three failures of the Revolution are evident – breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The black beans and rice are tasty.  Breakfasts are standard but the chicken and fish come from America, yes America. The chicken comes from Tyson.  The frozen tilapia is purchased from South American countries.  The local pork is tasty.  Beef is not common and is served shredded or in a stew.  Cuba pays for the food it imports from America in advance and the currency is in Euros because I suppose that the US cannot accept Cuban pesos.  I did not find a hot pepper in all of Cuba and when I asked for hot sauce, expecting Tabasco, I received spicy ketchup from Germany, ugh.  More to follow on Monday.