We are getting ready to get on the hotel shuttle to Miami International Airport. Last night it dropped us off at a nearby restaurant on the Element Hotel’s recommended list—Catch of the Day. It was a very lively place, and we all agreed the food was excellent.
One of our travelers has been staying with family and will hopefully meet us there. Our charter airline agent wants to check us all through as a group. On past trips, the check-in procedure was rather chaotic. Most of the passengers were Cuban-Americans returning to their homeland. They often brought huge boxes, suitcases, and containers with supplies for their relatives. It is very expensive to transport necessities this way. It would be so much cheaper if they could just ship them by boat.
This is just one more example of how vindictive and mean-spirited the embargo really is. It was supposed to drive the Castros out of office over a half century ago. Instead, the Cuban elite continue to have anything they want, while the common citizens are severely punished economically for just trying to survive.
Onward to Havana….