Cuba, paradoxical country

  • Very controlled, but at the same time, you’ll feel inexplicable freedom
  • No unlimited internet, so what, enjoy the present moment
  • Taxis drivers are doctors, lawyers, barmen are engineers, architects
  • People can’t leave Cuba Island but they are the most joyful people of America
  • Beauties in ruins everywhere
  • Cars from the 50’s with conditioning air
  • Minimum salary is 12 $ per month, and olive oil cost 10$, shampoo 3$, cereals 6$
  • Even with this salary, there is no one in the streets. Everyone has a home in general

Cuba is a country like no other. With its pour and its cons.

Cuted from the world, every american influence has been banned. Basket ball is called « Baloncesto », Baseball is called « Pelota », don’t search Mc Donalds or Starbucks, or even a supermarket with all you need. It doesn’t exist. There is no advertising, only 5 TV chains with non stop programs, indian films every friday, french and even american movies, in VO with subtitles.

So if you come to Cuba, you have to be prepared.

Be prepared to not always get the right answers of your questions when you ask to the locals more about the politic and the way of living.  it IS possible. But hard. Be prepared to live in a different world from the cubans, both being in Cuba. Be prepared to have the sensation that you are scammed all the time, when in reality, it is just that cuba is EXPENSIVE! For tourists, but most of all, for cubans. The staying, the food, the transportation is not that cheap! and there are not many alternatives. Be prepared to not find what you want in the markets, when you crave for chocolate, butter, cereals, or red meat. Remember that what is surprising and annoying from you, is more for cubans. So don’t get mad. Also, remember than Cuba is a poor country, where majority of people have only traveled through what people tell them. Remember to bring donations such as tampons for women, solar cream, anti mosquitos, or what passes through your mind.

The only way to understand what is CUBA, to learn the real Cuba, is to spend time with the locals, more that just asking them things and asking, asking, asking…. to get away of the touristic paths, to ask yourself « oh, why is there this big file in front of this place » or, « why are those people dressed all in white » or instead of complaining about the taste of the bread, ask yourself « Why is this bread testing like that ». Enjoy being cut of from unlimited internet, enjoy not being harassed by advertising, and that you are not in a mass consumerism society, to rest your eyes, your mind, your spirit, and to relax.

Enjoy Cuba, enjoy difference, free yourself during your stay from what ties you to the modern world.

 


 

Lo que caractérisa a esta isla es su fuerza de identidad, de tradiciones y costumbres, su historia. Esta cortado del mundo, sin acceso libre al internet, y desquitada de toda influencia americana. No busques Mc Donalds, ni Starbucks, ni un supermercado con todo lo que necesitas. No hay eso. No existe la publicidad, solo veras 5 cadenas de televisión donde pasan programas no interrumpidos, películas indias, francesas …Así que, para venir a Cuba, tienes que estar bien preparado. Saber que Cuba es un país CARO! La estada, los transportes, los restaurantes, son, y sobre todo para los turistas, parecidos a los precios de Europa, y sin muchas alternativas.Los turistas y los cubanos viven en dos mundos diferentes y la única manera de tener una vision verdadera de lo que es Cuba, es conocer a los locales y pasar tiempo con ellos. De alejarse de las rutas turísticas, de preguntarse sobre « porque harán fila aquí » o « porque esta persona esta toda vestida de blanco ».Aprovecha que el acceso al internet es difícil, que no hay publicidad y que no estas en una sociedad con bases de consumismo masivo, para descansar tus ojos, tu mente, tu espíritu y relajarte. No te aterres en los supermercados de lo poco que venden, y no quejes de que no hay jamó, mantequilla o chocolates, que los cereales están a 6 $. Recuerda que si es sorprendente y molesto para ti, lo es mas para los cubanos.

Recuerda que estas en un país pobre donde la mayoría de la gente nunca a salido. Piensa en traer donaciones, repelente, crema solar, tampones, cremas, y lo que se te ocurra.

Disfruta Cuba, disfruta de la diferencia, libérate durante tu estadía de lo que te ata del mundo moderno.

 

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