Recently I have been reading up on Cuba to try and get some idea what to expect. I have had a Cuban cruising guide for years now but more recently was given a Cuban Insight Guide published by Discovery Channel. What a resource that has proven to be. It covers their history, culture, the arts, music, cuisine, colonial architecture (that fascinates me), and it's emergence from isolationism. And yes, “politics” as well. I think you will understand that I can not venture into discussion on that subject until my safe return. I just hope they will tolerate a Canadian capitalist for a few days.
Here is an excerpt from the Discover Channel Guide that is worth sharing and may help some understand my desire to go and see Cuba:
“ It is difficult to be unemotional about Cuba. This Caribbean island thrills the senses, befuddles the mind, and tugs at the heart. It is a magical place, full of romantic images: conga drums pounding late into the night; spicy roast pork and sweet dark rum; baseball, ballet, and dazzling nightclubs; quick conversation spiked with wicked humor; people who are warm, expressive and affectionate; music emanating from every window – all enveloped within the aroma of hand – rolled cigars.
There are also more somber images of Cuba:” ....... and so on.