Time Travelling in the Caribbean

April 5, 2015 8:49 AM

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The last time I was in Cuba was 35 years ago when I attended a one-week educational summer camp for kids. In retrospect, it was probably a propaganda camp, but honestly, at 14 what did I care? I got to be away from parental control for a while and got to play with 50 other kids my own age. At that time, Jamaica was still flirting too dangerously close to communism for the comfort of the USA and we were in the midst of the global geopolitical power play between the then USSR and America. It was a controversial time but it was also an intellectually and culturally prolific time. In the end, the American way of life prevailed. Cuba in some ways represents our alternate history.

When Obama announced a few months ago that he was actively seeking to thaw the Cold War relationship between the USA and Cuba, I decided it was probably a good time to check it out again before Havana became like Miami. I messaged a trust fund friend (read: always has time and money!) Zoran from Mac...

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