Cuba blog April 7, 2019

Submitted by eagle on Sun, 05/19/2019 - 15:35

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.