Iâm 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 Cubaâs development.Â
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 Iâd ever met in my travels.Â
Perhaps todayâs 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.Â
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.