Thoughts on Cuban Communism

Communism has elevated the status of many citizens from what was essentially indentured servitude akin to the American share-cropper days, to a basic standard of living, an education, healthcare and electricity. But the inability to increase their income has made it difficult and time consuming to purchase the few luxuries that are available.

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The Casa Particular and the Ice Cream

I’m very impressed with the hospitality of casa particulares in Cuba. They provide air conditioning for their guests even though they themselves don’t use it. The rooms are cute and comfortable. They have a rooftop deck to look over the ocean and see the stars.

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Cienfuegos

The Lonely Planet Guidebook says Cienfuegos is the Paris of Cuba. I guess the French charm was lost on me. There’s not a lot to say about Cienfuegos really. It’s very modest. My first impression was that there are no international chains. No fast food. No flashy signs. Most of the buildings look empty unless you walk up and look in.

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Canyon Overlook Trail at Zion NP

The West Temple, Towers of the Virgins, Streaked Wall, and Beehives all make up part of this tremendous view. The East Temple rises directly above the Overlook, towering more than 2,200 ft above the canyon floor.