Yoani Sanchez the world reknown Cuban dissident! Her's is a real
opem-minded website!http://desdecuba.com/g enerationy/
Here is one in which she is promoting tourism trips to the real Cuba!
An excellent idea indeed!
Inspired by one of the many tourist advertisements, an idea occurred
to me to attract visitors to the Island. It is not an ecological tour
to appreciate nature or an historic tour of the country's plazas and
monuments. Stay "a lo cubano," as a Cuban, could be the slogan of
this tourist campaign, condemned in advance to lack interest for its
possible target audience. Come and live it, it would say on the cover
of a ration book, which would be given to each of those who embark on
Accommodations would not look like the luxurious rooms displayed by
the hotels in Varadero or Cayo Coco, since our tour operators would
suggest dingy rooms in Central Havana, tenements in Buena Vista and a
crowded shelter for hurricane victims. The tourists who buy this
package wouldn't use convertible currency, but for their expenses for
a two week stay would have half the average monthly wage, three
hundred Cuban pesos. Thus, they could not ride in foreign currency
taxis, or drive a rental car on the country's roads. The use of
public transport would be obligatory for those interested in this new
method of travel.
Restaurants would be forbidden to those who opt for this excursion and
they would receive eighty grams of bread each day. Maybe they'd even
have the good fortune to enjoy half a pound of fish before they leave
on their return flight. To travel to other provinces they wouldn't
have the option of Viazul, but instead of spending three days in line
for a ticket, they could be given the advantage of being able to buy a
seat after only one day of waiting. They would be prohibited from
sailing on a yacht or renting a surfboard, so they wouldn't be ending
their stay ninety miles away rather than on our Caribbean "paradise."
At the end of their stay, these risk-taking excursionists would get a
diploma of "Connoisseurs of the Cuban Reality," but they will have to
come several more times to be declared "adapted" to our everyday
absurdity. They will leave thinner, sadder, and with an obsession
with food, which they will satisfy in the supermarkets of their
countries, and above all with a tremendous allergy to tourism ads.
The golden advertisements that show a Cuba of mulattas, rum, music and
dancing will not be able to hide the panorama of collapsing buildings,
frustration and inertia that they have already known and lived.
300 Cuban pesos is about $12 U.S.