It's Time to Talk About Cuba

October 9, 2014 10:32 PM

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It's Time to Talk About Cuba

I had to go to a health center on my ninth day in Havana. The skin on my chest had started to turn colors and peel, and it was clearly not a sunburn. I thought that I had become that American- having a reaction to the water, the food, the foreign landscape ninety miles South of my home country. After one look at my peeling chest, my experienced roommate informed me that it was nothing other than a fungal infection- that I could have gotten it anywhere, but it needed to be treated.

It was 2007 and the Cubans wasted no time in getting my skin the attention that it needed. Almost before I realized that there was something wrong, every Cuban that I'd met over the last nine days was hovering over me-offering me water, coffee, guava, rum--anything to make me feel better. And their ...

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