Santiago de Cuba: July 1996: Fighting Cubans

Took a 6 km bicycle ride along the coast. Roasting hot but a nice breeze cooled things down a bit. The coast is rugged and rocky with crashing waves sending up a big spray. About 2 kms from the hotel there is a rather run-down amusement park that looks like something from a Flintstones cartoon. It is called Il Mundo del Fantasia. Met a couple of young Cuban boys who looked in a state of disrepair like the amusement park. Ripped jeans and no shirts and smoking cigarettes. I was asked for clothes. I later heard from a guest at the hotel they had taken two suitcases of clothes to the amusement park and fights erupted amongst families scrabbling for the clothes. No thank you just requests for the clothes off their backs! Another couple heard this story and simply gave clothes to the nurse on duty at the hotel to distribute as she saw fit. The beach at the amusement park was littered with rubbish including construction debris. Not a nice memory of Cuba and of course the security guard at the hotel carrying a baseball bat.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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