My neighbour just left for Cuba this a.m.; I’ll take my chances here

What beautiful weather we’re having. And it comes during the March break which is great timing.

I’m glad my neighbour is getting away for some R&R in Cuba, but really the weather here is perfect. I don’t like it too hot so I’m quite enjoying this lovely week.

What are you doing to take advantage of the beautiful weather?

My clothes are out on the line this morning and a trip to the park is in store this afternoon.

A former colleague of mine tells of another March break that was fabulous. Probably 1990 when all kinds of records were broken.

Her brother was in Florida and she stayed in London for the break. He was calling her asking about the temperatures back home because Florida was bloody cold.

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5 thoughts on “My neighbour just left for Cuba this a.m.; I’ll take my chances here

  1. Not intended to cast aspersions or to denigrate your neighbours but on the theme of “travel to Cuba” isn’t it strange how Canadians love to spend their ‘democratic’ dollar in very ‘undemocratic’ places, in effect providing continuing financial support to governments that are by every measure inhospitable to any Canadian notion of Democracy, or principles of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

  2. Anyone,
    I suppose one could argue that Cubans have employment through tourism and that gives them a leg up in a country that thwarts its own people. While ownership of hotels may be in government hands or the already advantaged, the lower classes are making money which gives them more choices.
    And I think in reality Canadians are truly blissfully unaware of the level of repression in Cuba.

  3. I’m in full agreement. Well stated.

    And of course when people choose to spend money in such circumstances, there is probably little thought to crafting a fine line intellectual distinction between justifying it as creating empowerment of the people, (by giving those poor folks a job); rather than what it truly is: seeking a cut-rate-bargain vacation (or in other words: exploitation of those poor folks to get the biggest bang for the buck, and not giving a second thought to the powerless people who don’t have a choice but to work at the job the government has demanded, at the government assigned wage, all under the watchful eye of the government.)

    Unwittingly in some cases, the foreign tourist providing cash inflows is what keeps the government humming along.

    I’m sure few realize how the inflow of foreign capital via international trade, tourist money and every sort of remittance from abroad, or its opposite—embargo of capital—can influence the activities and attitudes (friendly or unfriendly) of a particular state.

    That is why there is often a call by the world’s democratic countries to put economic restrictions on repressive governments to effect political change, i.e. Iran, Syria, North Korea, Cuba, Congo (blood diamonds) e.t.c. (in the past: Communist Bloc, South African Apartheid)

    As you know, it can particularly embolden the reign of ruthless repressive regimes to provide them with the foreign currency reserves that they need to maintain their ‘hold’ over their people and their ‘hold’ on power. In effect, foreign visitors with their money transfers enable the government to maintain power by helping to underwrite the government’s purchase of the various apparatus of state power with hard currency. Thus, the government never has to acknowledge its failures and never has to relinquish power to its people as long as it has funds to keep paying its cronies to maintain the stranglehold on calling the shots. Moreover, with plenty of money available to buy the “shots” (firepower) whenever necessary, to quell any dissent…what incentive is there for it to change.

  4. So, are your friends back yet….What are their impressions of this totalitarian state as it tries to present its best face to the world on the eve of the Pope’s visit?

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