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Mon Apr 8, 2019, 01:52 PM

20. Things have definitely been cleaned up since I was there

When I was there, EVERYTHING was run down. The government people who "chaperoned" me around did take me to some cool places, including the bar where Hemingway used to hang out. No shows, but I really wasn't into that, anyhow. The only cars on the road aside from the old American cars were Soviet models. The government people who took me around always drove a Volga. I didn't merit a Žil. They said we MIGHT run into Fidel, but we never did (my biggest disappointment).

Since I was an invitee of the Cuban government, there was no question of my staying anywhere but where they had in mind for me. I was accompanied everywhere, even when I was "on my own." They didn't even try to hide it, but I didn't care. After all, I was there at THEIR invitation. It's not as if I had been sent down there to do them some harm.

In the meantime, my girls have traveled to and through Cuba. They had a good time, although my elder one broke into tears when she was told that her flight home didn't exist (thank you, American Airlines). Her sister, the lawyer, argued with the airline until they found a connection to get her back to New York so she wouldn't miss work.

My funniest episode was when I was in the hard currency shop of my hotel, looking to buy some post cards. In front of me was a crew from Aeroflot, the Soviet airline. Acting like they owned the place (not entirely wrong at the time), they were badgering the woman cashier, who had no idea what they were saying. She spoke neither Russian nor English, and the Russians spoke no Spanish. Despairing of ever buying my postcards, I offered to translate, since I speak both Russian and Spanish. I cleared up all misunderstandings in a couple of minutes, and the Russians were on their way. Then it was my turn at the cashier, who asked for my passport (mandatory at hard currency shops). When she saw my American passport, her eyes grew wide, and practically spelled out "C-I-A." After all, I had just gone back and forth between Russian and Spanish, and I was a Yanqui in Cuba. But I didn't say anything, and neither did she.

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