Apparently they are illegal in the US.:(
Cuba has become a popular vacation destination for Canadians. Many visit a second time as they enjoyed the hospitality of the country very much.
Ultimately, if we were really interested in changing Cuba, being in such close proximity, we'd declare it open for business, and obliterate it with American style consumerism
Thats exactly right and sadly Cuba would become another Caymans/Bahamas/Turks and Caicos in a couple of decades. Right now Cuba is different; as a photographer it has a different flavour from anywhere else in the world. The moment there is a rapprochement with the USA that difference will erode fast. The first time I see a Dunkin' Donuts along the Malecon, the place will be wrecked for me. I've met a number of American tourists in Cuba having displayed the ingenuity required to get there indirectly. It is already past its best for the photographer, though still worth a visit. Of the 12 best photographs I took on my first visit in 2001 only three or four remained substantially unchamged when I next returned in 2005.
I blame Florida (a safe target) for the travel ban to Cuba -- the Cuban business community there has a very strong voice. The embargo is something they very much support and demand.
Ironically, I am just in the midst of planning a photo vacation to Cuba. (more emphasis on "vacation" in this case). I am reading this thread with interest.
My son has a friend who works for an international relieve organisation that provides aid to wherever disasters strike the planet. This young woman has seen many horrific scenes world wide.
She noticed that Cuba is present with medical aid at almost every disaster, while some of the largest countries in the world like China and the US are often not seen.
Hats off to this little country!
Remember "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" ? Let's call the Russians.
Well, when the first Russian military officers landed in La Habana, they thought Castro just wanted to buy some arms.
Then they seized the opportunity and offer to install some nukes. Of course Castro said yes. By then Kennedy was getting heat from the Pentagon and step up surveillance.
Castro also was furious when he realized he was just used by the Russians (In some point he told Nikita he would not mind if Cuba was "erased" as a consequence of lunching any missile from Cuban soil)
Fortunately other attempts of using nuclear energy in Cuba were never completed. We all know about Pakistan, North Korea and Iran. Check Wikipedia for "Juragua Nuclear Power Plant" here:
Another interesting fact. Castro's son (Fidelito) was sent to the Soviet Union to study Nuclear Engineering and for years was the chief of the project. Ironic, right?
This site in central Cuba could be another point of interest for Steve to visit during the workshop (3 hours from La Habana)
I'm thinking of organizing a relief effort to help the poverty-stricken peoples of an isolated, hardscrabble region. These proud men and women have lived a unique way of life for many decades, even while being ignored by their own government. They took economic hardship and political disenfranchisement, and used their own unique culture (especially noteworthy is their music) to overcome adversity.
I'm speaking, of course, of New Orleans. Who's with me?
They are welcoming drivers for the next hurricane season. :)
Looting experience could also help. :laugh:
They want to keep everything the same way, even re-elected the same major. :blink:
Florida handles hurricanes every year, not big deal, not blaming.
Even the Cuban government evacuates the population using horses if needed.