Page 118

CUBA THROUGH THE BACK DOOR — Nonetheless, there is no begging as is common in Mexico and San Francisco. The people have a certain dignity, a grace in the way they carry themselves. Music is abundant. The regime has figured out that Cuban music is a valuable export. Returning to the marina one night I was surprised and pleased to see our immigration officer singing and playing his guitar at a pot luck party organized by the French cruisers. Once he retires in a few years, he plans to devote his time to his music. We bought vegetables at an organic farm on the side of the road for a pittance with the real Cuban pesos which are next to worthless. The rumor is that surplus produce is funneled to private markets. Some Cubans are allowed to open small two- or three-room hotels and the best place to find a meal is at one of these casa particulars. Flawed as it is, economic self-interest is the way to make people productive. That’s why so many people want to see

last here. A decade ago, the dollar stores didn’t exist and the tourist facilities were just taking hold. They think the people look a little better fed now. Turns out, their reasons for visiting Cuba were the same as ours: two parts curiosity plus a desire to cruise the offshore islands.

T

What Cuba lacks in industry and modern technology, it makes up for with a universal passion for its rich musical traditions.

Cuba as it is now, before the creeping capitalism changes it for good. These are the thoughts of my French friends, Michel and Isabel. They said they could see that many changes have occured during the nine years since they were

Owl Harbor

he irony of the revolution has to be that Che Guevara is the most commercialized freedom fighter in history! Even the Cubans — especially the Cubans — are cashing in on Che. You can buy postcards, posters and books full of pictures of Che doing everything but killing people. He’s smoking cigars (in defiance of his emphysema), laughing, frowning and leading his men. Fidel is not the commercial face of the revolution, but he was always in charge, using Che for his charisma and ideological zeal. Fidel was the master politician. Santa Clara, located in the mountains behind Cienfuegos, houses the museum

Join us under the BIG TENT for th 13th Annual Fam e ous DELTA LOOP F EST May 22

MARINA

Swap Meet from 8-4 Tables still available

Dinghy Races • Prizes BBQ from 11-2 • Live Music from 12-4 Art and Craft Vendors – space still available Guest Slips Available • 10-Mile Loop Event

Rain or Shine – we've got you covered!

1550 W. Twitchell Island Road • Isleton, CA 95641

916.777.6055 • www.owlharbor.com Page 118 •

Latitude 38

• May, 2010

Profile for Latitude 38 Media, LLC

Latitude 38 May 2010  

The May 2010 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 May 2010  

The May 2010 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.