It's too hot during much of the day to be out directly in the sun. As such, most people seek shade. Under the shade it's quite nice.
Maybe I was wrong about Cuba being an agricultural-industrial society. I'm now thinking of it as an agricultural society, which happens to be on a planet with industrial-digital societies. Most of the machinery seems imported. Most of the people seem to work in agriculture, traditional construction, or sales.
That's not fair, though… I think there are some industrial areas… Even a few digital areas… So it's a mix, just a different mix….
I can understand more the resentment against the US & other larger countries. Cuba has historically been poor, despite producing wealth for other countries. Now it's poor, without producing wealth for other countries. Seems mired in poverty, but it doesn't have to be. I think that there are far wealthier Caribbean countries with comparable geography & population.
Not all Cubans resent the US. I've seen a fair number of pro-US tee-shirts etc.
I think communism is on its way out in Cuba… a guy just walked by w/ a $ sign necklace, then a pizza delivery vehicle drove by…
Coge… seems like the most common word in Cuba. Take, get, grab, etc. Can be used for pretty much anything.
For me or other visitors, communist Cuba is different than other countries… For Cubans, it's just what they've known for decades…
At the street of the apartment, it starts to rain… people rush in, including the first visibly homeless Cubans I've seen so far… I thought I was the only one with a sleeping bag in Havana!
Cuba is a drug country: its main products are tobacco, coffee, sugar/rum.
What do I want to know? What are people like in different countries? What are different places like? Maybe I'm curious about geography & culture. Not necessarily In a technical way. There are some insights technically, e.g. what makes a city, etc. Maybe interview some geographers, average people, etc. I don't know. Is that interesting to other people? Maybe.
I'm tired. I want safety, comfort, company, etc. I have to work for it.
It's inconvenient on an island. After this, I look forward to being back on a continent. Not sure that there are too many "islands" I want to visit. Probably a bunch, but they're hard to get to… maybe later. It seems safe on an island, I guess people know each other, you can't get far away…
There are mess ups on the way, it's part of the process. At least I can write these up. So I'm now in Cuba, stressed out, but trying more things…
I can write about as much as I want. Just not sure what to say.
Maybe I need to sleep differently. I just want to be able to shut down. I'm disturbed. Maybe that's an urban thing? distURBed…
I haven't seen any tents in Cuba, not sure where they'd be sold.
It's like being in an earlier period… I feel like I'm in the early 20th century, but with a few pieces of the early 21st century (occasional wifi hotspots, phones, etc.).
A device to quiet unwanted noises… earplugs. But I don't think I can just wear earplugs throughout the day & night. They don't resolve the problems for me anyways.
I'm figuring out what I want to do, what I can do, etc. It's a gradual process. I know generally that I want to have nice travels in the carib., then go. It takes some on the ground to figure out how much of a place I want. What it takes to get there, stay there, leave, etc. There are tons of ways, through. Just keep at it.
In some ways it's hard to travel, in some ways it's maybe easier (at least for me) to travel than to stay in one place. It requires more planning, etc., but one is more free… I like the cultural immersion. You get to see how other people are. I also like the chance to stay in a different culture, i.e. not just for seeing it as an outsider, but also for having it as one's own, even if only for a while.
Cubans in Cuba seem somewhat comparable to Cubans in Miami… I think they've generally adapted to US culture less than Chicanos, but have probably been around a shorter amount…
Cubans seem brusque, aggressive, rural/rough, rude, tough, etc. It seems like a masculine society. Maybe has much to do with being in agro/industrial stage. In 20-30 years, maybe more modern?
Here is a travel map that shows up to today in San Juan, Puerto Rico!
After this, I'll continue posting my Cuban blog entries...
The new place has closed windows & doors, so that there aren't mosquitoes or loud noises. I slept much better last night.
Another long day of walking. I now feel like I've seen much of the city. I'm starting to feel ready to move on. Also, since I think that my American bank card won't work in Cuba, I have a limited supply of cash. As such, I'm considering a quick ride around the country, then take off. Maybe come back again later.
I have a plane ticket from Havana to Puerto Rico (via Panama). I had to book it quickly to get into Cuba, because officially you need to show that you can leave the country to get in. (They didn't ask for it.) I had tried to book a flexible ticket, but the service didn't accept my payments, so I switched to a different booking service that did accept my payments, but without a flexible ticket. That's (the ticket) for September. I was thinking of spending six months in the country. Now I'm not sure whether I even want to. It's a beautiful country to visit, but I don't feel like it's a total match for my tastes. Also, it's somewhat small. We'll see…
For this book, I'm now thinking of just Latintripping. I don't think there's more to say.
I feel pressured here. In part I suppose that there are pressures anywhere. In part I think it's the tropics, so much sun pouring in that it produces vegetation, activity almost everywhere. Hard to find a quiet spot. Maybe explains the poverty of tropical places.
As of now I feel like I've tried many of the Cuban dishes I've wanted to. At least here. Maybe there are some regional specialties elsewhere in the country.
I've received a number of recommendations from locals for places to visit in Cuba. If I go, want to try visiting…
I like the architecture, coffee, tobacco, vegetation, geography, & more about Cuba. Not such a fan of the noise, pollution, shopping, some of the people, etc. Cuban people seem somewhat rude… They yell… They don't seem to care much for visitors… There are some Cubans who do care...
The movie theater advertised a Cuban movie… I thought, is it political? Probably. Didn't bother, but I'm not much of a movie buff.
I think I've now tried much of what I want in la habana.
My caribbean plan started off vague.
Now I want to see some of the major islands, maybe some of the smaller islands, gen'ly the latin islands.
I think that often one starts of wanting to travel because one has some notion(s) about some place(s). These notions are often false, or simplistic at best. If one does travel, then upon arrival one figures out some of the things that one does or does not like about the place. It also informs further decisions about other places.
I now want to get a feel for the caribbean, not exhaustively seeing each island. It's such a pain getting among countries, physiologically, logistically, legally, etc. Also, they have much in common. I want to try some of the more unique ones, the more sizable ones, w/ culture.