A Canadian amigo who comments here occasionally and goes by Bob told me of a blog written by a woman in Cuba.
Her name is Yoani Sanchez. She’s in her late 30s. Yoani is very sharp, and she writes of Cuba where, you may recall, my child bride and I spent our 10th anniversary last year.
We did not like Cuba because we do not like dictatorships, and Cuba is a communist tyranny of the worst sort. We went out of curiosity. We won’t return. Havana is dreary.
Many people of the collectivist mindset who live in the Free World speak highly of Castro and the Cuban dictatorship. These people often mean well, but they are uninformed, dreamy eyed utopians. Some have actually been to Cuba and returned with unaltered minds.
They went as tourists, of course, and tourism is the island’s main source of foreign cash now. Cuba also gets help from Venezuela in the form of money and oil. That was Hugo Chavez’s doing, and one wonders how much longer it will continue since he’s dead.
The economically desperate Cuba treats tourists exceptionally well, and does everything possible to cloud reality. If you don’t speak Spanish, all the better. Few Cubans outside the tourist industry can talk to you, and vice versa.
For tourists who prefer seeing nice things instead of the nasty, that is what they see, especially when they vacation at Cuba’s copy of Cancún, the resort called Varadero.
Of if they travel in orchestrated tour groups.
Yoani’s blog is called Generation Y. It is written in Spanish and someone translates it into English. It is revealing, and there are ways you can lend a hand.
Yoani confirms much of what I wrote last year, things that Castro lovers disputed, the extreme difficulty of getting onto the internet, for example.
Communist China gives its citizens easier internet access than does Cuba.
And if anyone wishes to revisit my two-installment Cuba epic, start here. They remain The Unseen Moon’s most-read posts ever.
Look! There’s ole Felipe standing in front of Fidel’s Bay of Pigs tank.