Cuba Travel Stories, Page 3

Cuba Locos o Fanaticos

“Luchar por la revolucion social en la America. No es una utopia de locos or fanaticos. Es luchar por el proximo paso de advance en la historia.”



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Havana Habana Cuba Thursday, December 10, 2009
Centro Habana
By Andres Hidalgo with editing
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Who is this man?

Is 50 years of revolution crazy?

Is 50 years of revolution for fanatics?

Cuba Locos o Fanaticos


Cuban Trash has No Value

I walked by a trash bin in the Central Park of Havana.



Trash Bin in center of Havana Park

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Havana Habana Cuba Thursday, December 10, 2009
Centro Habana
By Andres Hidalgo with editing
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I see two aluminum cans, I instantly think money. In Colombia, a can is money. Who leaves money sitting around? Maybe there is no way to sell this, or maybe they are so rich, they will not try to sell it.

Cuban Trash has No Value


Cuba Beat Generation Budget

I am now paying one Dollar U.S. per day for Cuban food, or the same as Haiti. Maybe the food cost a little more in Haiti, but not much difference.

I have switched money, I am using only “Moneda Nacional.”

A small ice cream cone cost 5 cents US, a ham and cheese sandwich for 30 cents, potato chips for 15, this is cheap, and it is street food. This is the same price as Haiti, but a lot cleaner.

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Havana Habana Cuba Thursday, December 10, 2009
Centro Habana
By Andres Hidalgo with editing
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STOP
Before you read another word, read this:
“You can live the same as the locals, there is no reason to use CUC, except for the room.”

Moreover, I am not positive on the price of room; I just have not been able to break out of the tourist room price trap.

Now, I will quote what the Lonely Planet Cuba says,

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“For seasoned budget travelers Cuba can be a bit of a financial shock.”…

“In fact, compared with say, Guatemala or Peru, you could feel yourself staring at a veritable financial conundrum with little or no room to maneuver.”…

“With a little guile and a certain amount of resilience….

Page 21, Lonely Planet Cuba

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He is saying the same thing, just not saying it.

Why do Travel Writers make life difficult?
What is Guile?

Maybe, I had better think about this… he has a responsibility, first, to keep Tourists safe, second to make them happy. There is no moral obligation to write for poor Hobos. His audience is rich travelers. The Lonely Planet guidebook was written for people who go to Five Star Hotels and Resorts, and this is the target audience.

Now, I will also say this,
“To be safe, always pay in CUC, the tourist money.”

Do not negotiate, do not ask questions, fall in love with the country without every learning how things work, Cuba will be happy. I do not love Cuba, however it is obvious, 99.99 percent of travelers who come to Cuba, loved the place before they got here.

Cuba is the Worlds Largest Tourist Trap

I was assigned to learn about Cuba, unfortunately, few travelers every try to learn, and observe both sides, the rich and the poor. I had the good fortune to spend 3-4 days with my Norwegian friends, as they lived in expensive Hotels. They lived the life of luxury, and spent a Cuban persons monthy wage for one meal. Every day I walk around in the the Cuban Five Star Hotels, I use the internet, and see what the other half is doing.

Use the Five Star Hotel
I was laughing, we went to the Melia Cohiba swimming pool, not a question was asked. Any Hobo could have walked off the streets and used the Swimming pool, nobody was checking.

Now, please try to understand, why a Tourist Trap works. They work because everyone agrees to follow the person in front of them. There is no information provided that tells you there are any other options; it is truly a trap, a socialization trap, where the group protects the norm.

And again, and again, and again, people who live in Tourist Traps protect them, they belittle, and tell people who do not want to pay, you are cheap. You should enjoy the country and stop complaining.
I Feel Bad
I feel a little more horrible with each passing day here in Cuba. Every day I pay 20 CUC for a room. It is possible, I am not sure, but it possible, when I pay 20 CUC, this may be a month’s wages for family outside my tourist trap. I am 100 sure the Cuban people have the essentials, food, shelter, but they not have the extras, they are bored.

A man walked up to me yesterday, said he lived in England for a couple of years. Then proceeded to tell me,
“You live in the expensive Casa Particulare over there.”
“Where everything is nice.”
I said,
“Yes, I know, I have no choice.”
He said,
“We have no choice; it is time to stop the blockade.”

I started to reply, but I could see in his eyes, he was never going to blame Castro, or himself, or take responsibility.

He was short, sort of wide and squatty, obviously well fed, I doubt he wanted to work in England, so he returned to Cuba. He then proceeded to call this Haiti woman,
“Nigger Bitch.”
Then to demonstrate he spoke good English, he asked her to suck his… blah blah.

She did not understand, I understood, my English is good. He knew this; he wanted to elevate his social status, if only for a second. I looked into his eyes, I looked at hers, and I gazed at the neighbors. They were not angry, they were not defiant, they were not hungry, they were tired, they were the
“Cuban Beat Generation.”



He used to play in the streets…
Now he is beat, he sits on a concrete step, looking up at the world.

There in front of his house looking at the street, too many days, he sees the street, it does not move. He was tired of looking at the street. Life was good for him, but he was beat. He wanted to be somebody, he knew he was nobody.

He calls the girl a
“Nigger Bitch,”
He said,
“I am educated.”

Is this second or third generation welfare?


Cuba Best Destination South of USA

: For Tourist
The majority of tourist groups travel to Central and South America to see Spanish Colonization Architecture. The goal is often to walk in the central parks, to see how the conquistadors built new civilizations. Typically, tour groups are dropped off in the Central Park, then allowed to go shopping in a nearby tourist markets.

There is a subclass of tourist who goes to beach resorts, wrapped up with studying Spanish.



Generally, all tourist groups are preoccupied with eating, drinking, sex, party and shopping, and all of this is easily available in Cuba.

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Havana Habana Cuba Saturday, Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Centro Habana
By Andres Hidalgo with editing
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What does a travel agent need?

Countries where there is a minimal chance of being robbed, or attacked, whereby tourist will return home with no major complaints.

This is Cuba, the ideal location for a tour group.

Passive versus Aggressive Cultures

1. Cuba is almost 100 immigrants, there are no indigenous people.
2. The culture is mixed black and white ancestry, normally called Mulatto in Central in South America, however not in Cuba.
3. There is no mix of Spanish and Indigenous, normally called Mestizos.
4. Socialism is a system where the group is more important than the individual.

Immigration to USA

1. Several thousand Cubans immigrated during the 1930s.
2. Dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, about 30,000.
3 After Castro’s takeover in 1959 to 1962, more than 200,000 people left Cuba for the United States.
4 125,000 more left Cuba on so-called freedom flights, daily flights from Havana to Miami between 1965 and 1973.
5. 125,000 in the summer of 1980 by the Mariel boat lift.
6. 20,000 Cuban are allowed annually to enter the USA.
- Encarta Encyclopedia

Refugees versus Immigrants
These people call themselves political refugees, not immigrants.

What a great place for tourism, the majority of truly clever, aggressive, and dominating type A personalities have all left the country. Including Che Guevara, this is 50 years of evolution towards a passive human animal, what a great place. As a man from Colombia, I can easily thrive in this culture, there is no competition.

Low Population Density

At 103 people per square Kilometer, this is one of the least populated locations from Mexico to Panama, from Colombia to Argentina. The Islands of the Caribbean average around 300, the country of Cuba is the larger of the Islands in this region. Cuba was the naval base used by Spain when they was conquering Central and South America, it is still strategically located, this coupled with passive people and low population makes it ideal for tourist.

Cigars, Cigarettes, Liquor, and Women



Communism or Socialistic values discouraged religion, the slow evolution towards a society where everyone is tolerant, however very little diversity, the equation for peace.



It is difficult, if not impossible for a fully aware person to be robbed in Cuba.

The best place to come, party, drink, and find women in a country south of the USA. A tourist can negotiate a room here for 10-15 US Dollars per night, live by the month on a Caribbean style island free of all the problems of the other islands. A great island socially designed and manipulated to be free of problems, this is paradise on earth. Nobody is willing to argue, they will all agree. For many strange reasons the locals wish to leave, therefore a foreigner man or women is in great demand, you will find yourself considered handsome or beautiful.

Cuba Best Destination South of USA


Cuban Cars



I am taking many photos of cars, they will be published in the next newsletter, there are way too many for this travel journal. In addition, the internet in Cuba is six dollars per hour, about the most expensive on the planet, cheap enough for tourist, too expensive for the locals, do you understand….?

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Havana Habana Cuba Saturday, Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Centro Habana
By Andres Hidalgo with editing
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Cuban Cars



Automobiles in Cuba



Cuban Cars



Please name all the cars, I cannot.



Cars



Cars



Cars in Cuba



Too many, these older cars are everywhere in Cuba.



A great place for Hollywood to make movies, Cuba is surrealistic. Many countries have old cars, but few countries have rich people with old cars. Cubans have the money to maintain the cars, if they were poor, the cars would look destroyed. Cuba is not isolated from the world; the USA is isolated from Cuba. Cuba has 251 countries it can do business with, the sanctions of the USA cannot stop the importation of cars into the country, it has to be the Cuban government.

They can look at the outside world, the outside world can come and look at them, however for some strange reason, and they are not allowed to import the modern world into Cuba. However, I have two WIFI signals available, but secure in my Casa Particulare.

In the county of Haiti, there are 1000’s of motorcycle made in China. Why does Cuba not have 1000’s of motorcycles, it has nothing to do with the USA.

Cuban Cars


Guitars in Streets of Havana

I see many people playing guitars in Cuba, to make music is the dream.



The people of Cuba are perfect for photos. Observer the color of his skin, this man is not Black, however he is not White, he is mixed.

Ethnic groups
Mixed race 51 percent
White 37 percent
Black 11 percent
Other 1 percent
- Encarta Encyclopedia

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Havana Habana Cuba Saturday, Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Centro Habana
By Andres Hidalgo with editing
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I asked a white Cuban, what percentages of people in Cuba are of Spanish blood. He told me 65 percent, and the rest are black. This tells me as a white man he relates to 65 percent of the population with no problem. I do not see any racial separation in this country; the country is truly mixed in spirit.

I will not explain, but I will ask the questions.

Would this photo have been good, if it was a pale white person?
Would this photo have been good, if it was obviously a 100 percent black person?

Guitars in Streets of Havana


Castro is a Genius

Good or bad, that is the question. Few countries have social geniuses for leaders, Castro could sell overpriced snow to Eskimos and have them say thank you.



50 years in revolution, or is this 50 years of a common enemy, the government needs an enemy to thrive.

“I was a man who was lucky enough to have discovered a political theory, a man who was caught up in the whirlpool of Cuba's political crisis long before becoming a fully fledged Communist... Discovering Marxism...was like finding a map in the forest.”
-- Fidel Castro (1926? - )



I looked at the sign, I then looked at this beautiful house, as I walked down a street full of tourist hotels, Castro is genius.

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Havana Habana Cuba Saturday, Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Centro Habana
By Andres Hidalgo with editing
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“De Estos Hombres Se Hace un Pueblo”

I have do not see photos of Castro, I do not see drawings of Castro, I do not see Castro. I see Che Guevara a man who never got to live in Cuba, made a hero. If Castro is in this drawing, it is not obvious. How did Che Guevara make a people? He never lived here, Castro is genius.



These men are not the leaders of Cuba.

I enjoy the observation of leaders of nations. President Obama won the hearts, minds, and support of the people of the world without doing anything. Mr. Obama is also a social genius, in many ways, the same as Castro, without the power to make change. Castro sent his potential enemies away to fight in other countries, and Obama is trying to tell Fox News to be quiet. One understood the plot, another has lost the plot.

Great social change comes with a common enemy.
Hitler needed the Jews…
Castro needs America…
Obama needed Bush…

What happens when the enemy disappears?

Castro is a Genius


Centro Havana Photos

There is a lot going on inside house, but the streets of Cuba are organized. Today I move to Centro Havana, I will pay too much for a room until I am able to leave. Yesterday, I learned, I am finished with Cuba. The only enjoyable thing to do is look at women, the only clear reason to visit Cuba. There are white looking girls, with a blackish tint to their skin, and culture, who fall out of their clothes, but walk on high heels.

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Havana Habana Cuba Saturday, Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Centro Habana
By Andres Hidalgo with editing
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Cuba is a great place to take photos. I can walk down safe, secure and litter free streets. Still a girl demands to show me her underwear, in the only way possible, she must open her windows to reveal the culture inside.

Havana is clean; there are street cleaning people everywhere. The government of Cuba is more organized than their people. I enjoy walking down dumpy streets, that are very clean, free of litter, knowing the clutter is in the house, not outside.

Can you imagine, the ability to take dumpy photos, without needing to walk through dumpy streets? This is Havana. For those of you who want to take touching photos, but do not want to get dirty doing it, Cuba is the place to come. I can look in a window and see how people live, without having to walk through the normal chaotic streets of the average out of control government, this one is under control.

There is always a problem taking great human-interest photos. Normally a person is required to walk through chaotic streets full of trash, rubbish and litter of no interest, and quite annoying, to take the photo of human interest.

The government of Cuba cleaned up the streets for photographers who refuse to get dirty. No bums, no beggars, nothing to bother me while I take the photos. This is truly a tourist photographer’s paradise, the best place for a tourist to take photographs without getting dirty, accosted, or annoyed.

I am very bored, I have seen all this before, but a great place for full on capitalistic tourism to prosper. The world comes to see Cuba, they live in Five Star Hotels, and take tours to look at the people, the place is wide open to the outside world.

Centro Havana Photos