Hello there from Cuba (2) – Rain in Vinales

So Saturday I had already ready to go to Vinales, a beautiful area within the province of Pinar del Rio, 190 km west of Havana. I took the Viazul bus from the Havana station, which is a modern-day bus group further or considerably much less for guests and the an individual means fare is US$12 (means too an ideal deal for the locals, most of whom shut up having space taxis or the less expensive and far much less reliable, far more decrepit Astro bus program).

A youthful Cuban particular person sat down beside me within the bus terminal and experimented with to offer me lodging in his personal property in Pinar del Rio (1 model of the shadow financial system which is centered round vacationers).

Following I instructed him I by now skilled lodging, he begun to speak to me about existence in Cuba and the way robust it’s and that’s very sophisticated to endure economically. He suggested me he solely could make US$24 a thirty day interval, working for the countrywide(ized) telecommunications firm. He additionally mentioned that not too way back monetary transfers from Cuban emigrants, notably from Miami, have been decrease again to US$100, which operates out to CUC 92 (Cuban Convertible Pesos, which was 1:1 with the US Greenback) and that shortly US$100 would work out to even 8% much less. He basically simply spilled over with unhappiness concerning the monetary drawback.

The tour to Vinales was about 3.25 hours in depth and collectively the way in which it began out to rain. Vinales is acknowledged for its enticing limestone formations, the “Mogotes”, box-like mountains that develop straight out of a flat valley flooring with sometimes vertical partitions and lots of of limestone caves.

Most certainly 30 or 40 people ended up prepared on the bus cease in Vinales, all house owners of non-public mattress and breakfasts (or “casas particulares”) all set to select up guests being with them. My hostess, Sandra, a beautiful youthful girl of 28 a very long time, was there means too with a sign saying¨”Susanne – Canada” on it. It may be an odd sensation arriving in a international state, in a odd city, not recognizing anyone, and observing your title printed on a sign first level you get there.

My hostess took me to their Casa Distinct, a simple colonial 2 bed room property, with a model name-new rest room for the attendees, and an outdated decrepit bathroom (with out having sink or lavatory seat) for the proprietors. My hostess needed to function and I used to be fairly exhausted, and it was raining in any case, so I slept for a number of hrs proper up till I acquired my home-cooked supper particularly within the personal home.

In a dialogue with the youthful lady I situated out that she helps make the equal of US$13 for each month (and a primary pair of Jeans prices US$20!), so she dietary supplements her money movement with the mattress and breakfast (an extra 1 of the variety of private types of small enterprise permitted). The night time time expense me US$20.00 and the meal with eat was US$10.00 for a complete meal with rooster, arroz congri (rice with black beans) and salad. The meals was fairly quite simple and never notably spicy or tasty.

We skilled an interesting dialog and I recognized out that females these days, regardless of monetary hardships, have it an ideal deal much better on condition that the revoluation. Cuba is a ordinarily a nation with a considerable amount of machismo, and the revolution has performed so much for ladies of all ages. They now purchase educational probabilities and might obtain schooling and carry out which was fairly exhausting proper earlier than. Fairly a number of of the educated ladies get the job performed in ministries or universities and have a fairly good typical of residing.

I obtained a number of explanations concerning the relations in between guys and females in Cuba (e.g. that fashionable educated ladies no prolonged accpet these machista attitudes of Cuban grownup males, however that there are nonetheless a number of frequent youthful gals with out vanity or instruction which are way more or a lot much less on the mercy of their boyfriends/husbands).

I additionally noticed out that it isn’t allowed for a personal mattress and breakfast proprietor to make use of a maid (due to their exploitation up to now), however that everyone does it anyway, as a result of individuals should perform full-time to make a residing and don´t have time to manage the working day-to-working day chores of functioning just a little hospitality institution along with performing exterior the residence.

My hostess’ frequent-regulation boyfriend suggested me concerning the skilled medical system in Cuba, that he had a benign tumor in his tibia (proper after buying been a nationwide calibre rower and basketball participant) and that he been given an implant in his leg consisting of coral, from 2 of essentially the most very well-respected well being professionals in Cuba. His operation was based mostly on new surgical techniques from the US and on condition that the process his way of life is virtually odd, he walks completely normally, apart from he can now not function or get pleasure from basketball.

All Cubans I’ve fulfilled a lot are notably blissful of their nation’s achievements basically public medication, basic public instruction, literacy and probabilities for gals and minorities (though on the related time a few of them are fairly vocal about all of the monetary hardships and different limits imposed by the federal authorities).

Completely some fascinating insights….