Friday, December 19, 2003
Havana Banana Fofana....
Hope you haven't traveled to Cuba lately. Violation of the U.S. travel ban to Cuba could result in a fine of up to $7,500. And Uncle Sam is now nailing Americans who have gone there in violation.
My feelings are mixed on the Cuba ban, but I'm no fan of Castro. He's a big loser, and the every day that passes is one day closer to the day he dies (is that optimism or what?) While it's understandable that we don't want American dollars funding the commie dictator, perhaps it's time to revisit the policy (don't we revisit it every year?!)
Honestly, though, what's the lure of Cuba? The weather? The culture? You can get both of those in countless beautiful Caribbean locales. Puerto Rico has an abundance of history and culture, not to mention super-friendly people and great beaches. PLUS it's an American Commonwealth-- you don't need a passport and our dollars are their dollars. Same goes for the USVI.
So my guess is that the lure of Cuba is its "taboo." I know that every country has it's unique attraction, and I'm sure that Cuba is no different. I'm just sayin'.... if you're hell bent on going, it might be wise to think twice. Regardless of whether the travel ban is right or wrong, it could still cost a good chunk of change.
¡Viva Puerto Rico!
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