Atenas de Cuba People-to-People Program
|Dispatch 7 - Vinales
|The day started with a couple of rain squalls.
The first unseasonable weather in a week. Mostly the weather hasnt been of note and
worth a lot of discussion. It has been pleasant and great: enough sun so that we need
sunscreen-applying rituals but enough overcast to keep the heat down and the winds were
moderate. In the same period as this trip California, Texas and Peru were flooding, deadly
tornadoes in Florida and blistering heat in Latin America. This all prompts the Cubans to
tell a joke about the El Niño weather phenomenon it is also a commentary on the
economy. (You also need to know that in Spanish El Niño is the name for the weather
phenomenon and "the baby.") "El Niño doesnt come to Cuba because
there is no milk."
Ches command post (Cueva De Los Portales) as commander of the Army of the West for 45 days in 1962 during the Missile Crisis. Before Che arrived it was a tourist site. After the departure of Che it return to its recreational purpose but the tour now sounds like this:
Dinner raised another issue of Cuban economic system. Cubans get ration card for bread (a bun a day), eggs (less than one a day), meat (occasional) oil and a number of other basics. Here we are a bunch of foreigner, without ration cards, and the food was always on the table in greater quantities than would be allowed by the ration cards. Dinner tonight was an exceptional feast!
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