Cuba 1998 I’m pleased to hear that diplomatic relations…

Cuba 1998
I’m pleased to hear that diplomatic relations...

Cuba 1998
I’m pleased to hear that diplomatic relations...

Cuba 1998
I’m pleased to hear that diplomatic relations...

Cuba 1998

I’m pleased to hear that diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba will now resume and the embargo will end. I appreciate that this is not a magic bullet that will make everything fine but it should remove a major obstacle to Cuba’s development. 

I visited there over Christmas in 1998 (as a Canadian) and ended up with mixed feelings about the place and the people. Much of it was beautiful, and many of the people warm, but ultimate I ended up seeing how trapped these people were – pretending to go along with the established system while barely concealing their working of the black market. It struck me as very sad; these were amongst the unhappiest people I’d ever met in my travels. 

Perhaps today’s news will be a major step towards a true Cuba Libre.

Top Image: I decided that I would buy a big cake and then deliver pieces to everyone in the neighborhood. Not sure why (maybe it was New Years Eve).

Second Image: This young woman was a delight – beautiful, young and playful, and it broke my heart that the only way that she could make a real living was to rent herself as a girlfriend to tourists. She was traveling with a European tourist that I met in my hotel. 

Third Image: The obligatory Fidel Castro TV speech shot.

Fourth Image: Myself, in the early stages of a spa treatment.

See full post here: The Chris Buck2014-12-18.