Written after the first semester:
The snapshot of lives lived out in the open
It is sad that in Trinidad, the most touristy thus far, I’ve experienced on more than one occasion locals asking me if I have a ‘bom-Bom’ (candy) to give their baby, or a pen, or clothes for their family. This is exacerbated by tourists who hand out these things to people on the streets. It encourages begging.
It’s crazy that in 2015, just 3 years ago, wifi was $4.50CUC (pegged to the rate of USD) per hour, and now it’s only $1CUC. How is the wifi situation going to be in a few years?
Government instituted programmes under Fidel to eradicate illiteracy and provide free universal schooling and healthcare.
The ubiquitous image of Che and how he strove to create El Hombre Nuevo – the New Man – who would work for the common good rather than personal gains. His likeness is depicted on billboards, walls of homes, buses, and perhaps ironically, material merchandise.
There’s actually quite a significant nationalist pride. The flags everywhere, ‘defendiendo el socialismo‘, ‘con Fidel revolucion’, and other murals of soldiers, doves, and the Cuban colours. Hasta la siempre victoria.
my favourite peso pizza place. cries. it was the best. i was spending 3usd a day on food.
the wifi park where you’re bound to meet that tourist you met on the bus, or another corner in tiny, touristy Trinidad
Laguna Guanaroca had apparently experienced a massive flood last week. It had rained for 3 consecutive days and the place had flooded, the pier destroyed. They were closed last week and had only opened 3 days ago. ‘One of the most important things I have in my life are my computer’, the guide had said. I smiled, that was not uncommon. And you get the wifi card for 1 CUC too? I asked. Isn’t it expensive?
I don’t use the wifi that much. If I need something I go into one of the paladar and get a USB storage for the information that I want. Such as manga. Some information are more expensive than others. For example, one chapter of manga could cost 1 cuc. And you know these manga chapters, there could be hundreds of them! With the money I earn here I could probably buy about 2 chapters a week.
Actually, we were lucky enough to spot some pink flammingos taking flight for some time in the high skies, but the pictures turned out low quality. it was interesting to watch nonetheless, as i tried to communicate with my boat rower – who generally bemoaned the cuban economy, to garner sympathy / get more tips from me at the end, you think? i think? i don’t know
queuing for rations? 🙂
I walked to el Cuevo del Indio. It took me more than an hour, with my broken shoe I was strolling like I had all the time in the world, which, at this point, I kind of did. What a privilege! What a luxury, this feeling! Forever is composed of nows, I thought. How do we stop time? The scenery was well worth the heat. A farmer cuts some of his plantings. He was working, I wonder if he dreaded his job like I did. He surely must feel some resigned thoughts at some points. But unlike him, I had a holiday. Breaks I could foresee. Maybe all jobs make you feel crappy at some point, and grow dull, it’s your perspective. I would rather teach than work in a lab for 4 years, I thought.