The pics are gorgeous when viewed unoptimized for the web. I printed a few and you can't tell they weren't taken with film. I am so hooked now on digital pics. It's sure the way to go when travelling. No worries about airport x-ray machines destroying your film. I regret not having my new camera when I went to NYC.<br><br><br><br>
I have been trying to figure a way of expressing my feelings toward Cuba and Castro and my role as a tourist. A friend told me he would not go to Cuba. I suppose it was for the usual reasons cited such as anti- communism, anti Castro. In every respect I agree with those feelings except one. My friend is very, very wrong. After spending days thinking and questioning his response I came to the conclusion the best way to defeat this evil regime is to go there. Go in droves. Inundate the country. Not a war with guns but a war with information. <br><br>Most all the young folks speak at least some English and German. I sat for hours talking about my home in Canada and of course my mac. More importantly I spoke of the internet, my friends here and how the world is so much closer now because of the net. They would sit enthralled that I could communicate with folks from all over the world.<br><br>Of course we also discussed the evils of big corporations and what kind of governments would be ideal. I believe our present day governments are every bit as evil as that of Castro. Oh sure we have so-called freedoms but everyday I am loosing more and more freedom as the government decides what is best for me. Hogwash !! I know so many folks who have lost their jobs due to corporate greed and both the Canadian and US governments are in bed with these guys. I'm afraid where all this will end. The Cubans know about our problems thanks to tourists like myself. Castro will not live forever and better these folks are prepared for the mean, avarice world which will greet them upon his death.<br><br>In the end, folks are folks. They want to meet a nice guy/gal, fall in love, marry and have 1 or 2 children and enjoy a good long life.<br><br><br><br>
I wish the US gov. could read what you said here, Marg. It seems to mm e so obvious that the best way to undermine a tyrant is to show his subjects what freedom of movement, of ideas, of being generally are all about. Oddly, it's going to be an argument won not on common-sense humane grounds, but because big business in the US sees a market in Cuba on the verge of being lost to non-US firms.<br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"
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I would easily say most of the market has already been lost. All the major non-US hotel chains have the market tied up with the primo spots. I was quite surprised to see ketchup and mustard now being produced in Cuba. This may not seem a big thing to folks reading this but it is a HUGE step for Cuban autonomy. It seems every year I see less and less reliance on imported goods.<br><br><br><br>
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