Some Thoughts on Cuba

Some Thoughts on Cuba

Text and pictures by Joshua Tartakovsky¬† (c) All Rights Reserved 2014. Having just spent a month in Cuba where I stayed with a local family (note: religious purposes), I thought it is about time I will put my thought on paper on my experience of Cuba, impressions and insights. Considering the fact that the island is off-limits to many, whether due to legal restraints or to psychological fears or misconceptions, and due to the deep ideological manner in which Cuba is being portrayed both by the Left and the Right, will attempt to pass out my points in a non-ideological manner.       I lived in Brazil for an extended period in the past and the differences and similarities between Brazil and Cuba is worth pointing out. Brazil is vast and rich in resources while Cuba is tiny. Brazilians tend to be easy going, avoid conflict, in happy spirits and friendly, whereas Cubans are direct, have an attitude, say what is on their mind and are more pushy. However, it is precisely the directness I encountered which made the country appealing in a strange way. I appreciate honesty, and in Cuba you have to be tough and stand your ground since otherwise people who make $20 a month (the average salary) will rip you off. However, once you stand your ground and are firm yet genuine, you will earn the confidence of people, and you can make real friendships that will last. In other words, behind the hard surface you can meet many kind people who will help you in time of need, only that you need to...