Thank you, Pope Francis. Your recent 4-day tour of Cuba resulted in fabulous publicity for the Cuban travel industry.
I have come to really admire the Pope and his courage. He has visited 17 other countries in the last couple years. Some were downright dangerous, including Brazil, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Bosnia, and Bolivia. In the near future, he has trips scheduled to darkest Africa and Indonesia. This week he was in CommieCuba, but on Friday, he will be exposed to a much more serious level of danger, violence, and depravity: he’s going to travel on safari to Philadelphia! May God protect Him and keep Him safe!
Yesterday’s post elicited some weird comments, such as “Do you really think Cuba will send economic advisors to the U.S.?” I guess my comment (made in jest) was my way of saying that both counties seem to be heading in opposite directions economically, for better or for worse. I’ve heard predictions that in 5 years, Miami residents may be throwing inner tubes into the water off South Beach and begin paddling south towards Havana in search of jobs.
I stumbled across 2 more items which reflect how quickly things are changing (for the better) in Cuba. First—direct mail service will be started soon between Cuba and The States. This will especially help Cuban-Americans and their relatives on the island. Second, Americans can now open accounts in Cuban banks. That is a game-changer in terms of the development of small partnerships (formally and informally) between locals and non-Cuban Americans. I plan to open an account on my next visit in November. Hopefully I’ll qualify for a local debit card.
I highly recommend a cable television program about Cuba this Sunday night–Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Bourdain always creates a highly entertaining, off-the-beaten-path style of travelog, and he includes a lot about local food and cooking. This 1-hour travel show is scheduled on CNN Sunday night, September 27. It will be shown twice, at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific and repeated at midnight Eastern, 9pm Pacific.