The Miniaturist life-sized installation, mixed media. There is an old scrapbook buried beneath my mother's sweaters in a top corner her closet. People outside the family rarely see it, but I have seen it countless times.
Cubans are some of the friendliest and most honest people on the planet. They will talk to anyone and everyone, and are generous with their time and money. Put simply, the people are what make this country special.
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Alright, so you went to Cuba and fell in love. So if you fell for it, you were only doing what was natural and right in the world. Yea, yea, your friends are asking you how that works, exactly? You know with the Trump thing and the embargo thing and the no-internet thing and the only speak Spanish thing.
I have a friend whom I have been correspondence with - living in Havana. What is the rules about dating Cuban women? I've heard that it is illegal even to walk and hold hands with Cuban women - and even get arrested!
They never seem to have any trouble attracting girls where ever they go. Of course they're expecting to meet Cuban girls in Varadero too and want to know if it would be okay to invite them onto the resort. We'll be staying at the Barcelo Solymar.
From north to south, Havana to Santiago de Cuba, amidst the decaying buildings, propagandizing billboards and food stores with empty shelves there are two things in Cuba which are always in full supply: prostitutes and sex tourists. In a country with few employment options that offer enough upon which to subsist and an embargo that contributes to substandard living conditions for the majority of the population, women and girls flock to densely populated Havana in search of sexual employment in hotels, bars, restaurants and on the streets. Sex tourists flock to Havana and other cities in search of a form of escapism that is cheap, safe and exotic.
They are experiencing it in different ways and this is what they told me, some more openly, others with a bit more moderation. According to Ana Lidia who is divorcedthere is no limit and she chases after every man in front of her. If the guy says yes, we go looking for a room to rent. You know that when alcohol goes to your head, your blood boils.
Antonio and I have had a row. He has pronounced, by my count, nine Spanish expletives, most of them related to my mother's anatomy; has put his fist through the wall, just below the recently dusted picture of Milagros and her daughter; and has called me, in English, "a horse," by which, of course, he meant "a whore. Worse, even my frijoles negros dormidos are inedible, owing to the unorthodoxy of my having added the tiniest seeds of a priapic red pepper to them late in their long slumber.
This is part two in a series about the time I spent in Cuba not long ago. To see all posts in chronological order, Click here. On Sunday, a year-old novelist, whom I'll call Raffi, joins us for the day's sightseeing. Wearing a straw hat with a black band, khaki pants and sunglasses tucked in the V of his yellow polo shirt, Raffi has an open face and dark eyes, quick to smile.