Feb 19, 2008
Fidel, Such Timing!
HAVANA - An ailing, 81-year-old resigned as 's president Tuesday after nearly a half-century in power, saying he will not accept a new term when parliament meets Sunday.
Ah, for the love of Pete -- I'm going to Cuba on Sunday and he frickin' resigns just before I get there. It looks like I won't be able to say I visited Cuba under Fidel. Technically, anyway. Dang.
Photo yoinked from The Onion with a clickworthy caption.
I visited Cuba when Fidel was in power, but I didn't visit Cuba under Fidel. Was over on the American side at GITMO.
Cuba's pretty for the rich foreigners but still a nasty tyranny. What kind of country land mines its own property to keep its own citizens from escaping? A communist one, of course...
Posted by: Chap | Feb 20, 2008 9:01:17 AM
"I visited Cuba when Fidel was in power, but I didn't visit Cuba under Fidel." Ha!
I really look forward to getting this five-day peek at Cuba. I doubt we'll visit any of the foreigners-only resorts, and that will be fine by me. (From what I can tell, they're much like the other all-inclusive places I've visited with my parents in Mexico.) My understanding is that it will be gritty even for a foreigner with with money. Gritty with food and drink and transportation and freedom -- but still gritty.
I'm glad I'll be going with Dave -- an ally in dealing with the emotion-rousing onslaught of jinateros and jinateras who will want our money and opportunity-to-leave (without needing to brave a minefield).
Posted by: Phil | Feb 20, 2008 11:20:18 AM