As a traveller, I do not wish to see the proliferation of American culture on the streets of Cuba but I know it is inevitable. The authentic Cuban style will eventually fade out.
Are Cubans starving?
Before leaving for Cuba, I have heard reminders of danger, mafia gangs, pimps, pickpockets, swindlers and also starving people! Well, I said take a look at the reports in our Tourist Police department. Aren’t there tourists who are victims to motorbike snatch-thefts, robberies, swindles, overcharged taxi rides and tourist traps? And also count the queue at the soup kitchens in our city. On the contrary, the Cubans are considerably ethical perhaps they value the economic importance of tourism industry. Due to the situation where sugar cane industry is only 20% of its flourishing days; mining industry is sluggish; business is unstable; unemployment; 500,000 government servants laid-off; etc. life is even more difficult for the Cubans. Therefore, the annual 2 million tourists are too valuable to their economy. Hopefully, with the US opening to Cuba, the life of the Cubans will ease a little. By the mere presence of a (made-in-Jamaica) Coca-cola on our dining table, it looks like the inherent characteristic of the Cubans that was “frozen for 55 years” will soon be permeated by American culture.
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