Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cuba In My Real View Mirror

So even tho our trip to Cuba was officially called a people-to-people trip, it only worked one way.  They talked, we listened. Except for that first day when I asked, "Is there anything they want to know about us?"  That soooooooo did not happen again. 

Were they not curious?  or was asking "Hey, how's my cousin Mario doing in Miami?" frowned on?  

I learned some things:

1.  From Tim:  Leave some money on your pillow every morning.  The maid who cleans your room may be off the day you leave, and someone else will get her tip.  Thank you Tim.  If you keep this up you're going to lose your reputation for being cheap! and we can't let that happen.

2.  Some foreign policy is just silly.  Or we don't know the real reasons behind the policy (more likely).  I mean, is this whole country still mad about something that happened 55 years ago?  In another country?  What's really behind our Cuba policy?  The official party line (US and Cuba) makes zero sense.  'S'up?

3.  We are so lucky to live where we do.  We take so much for granted, so much that other people are fighting and dying and going to jail for.  Being able to speak your mind, being able to go where you want and rant at will.  Being able to bitch about the government - we're all doing a lots of that lately, and for good reason.

4. We can buy pretty much anything that's available in the world.   We can choose what we want to be, what we want to do with our lives. We can amass wealth.  Or start some quirky company just because.

5.  Travel.  Moving.  Never take it for granted.  

6.  Great food.  Enough food.  Choices.  Did not occur to me how privileged we are.  Off to make pork roast - without beans and rice.

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