We Visit Nearby Cumanayagua
|July 16, 1998 8:00pm
decided to hire a car to take us to Cumanayagua,
a town about an hour from Cienfuegos to see some
friends of Chris'. As usual, they took great
pains to make us comfortable. This home was
typical of Cuba, very small and old but clean.
The walls and roof are riddled with worm holes
and the concrete toilet is outside and no more
than a hole in the ground. We gave the father
some beer and the grandmother some cigarettes,
which she tucked inside her bra for safekeeping.
Back in Cienfuegos
everything is very busy. For two days now, the
entire city has been preparing for the Grand Prix
- a speed boat race which seems to be a cause for
quite a celebration.
Many tourists are
arriving and the police are everywhere. They
watch our every move, and when they see us
talking with Cuban people, they harass them.
Identification papers and explanations of their
business with us is demanded.
is causing us some anxiety as we don't want to cause our
friends any problems but they don't seem too concerned
even though they have been questioned twice already.
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