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The ‘gringo style’ vacation in Cuba

Via Capitol Hill Cubans:

Castro Wants Tourists, Period.

An Argentine university professor has been barred from visiting Cuba after meeting with dissidents during a previous trip.

(Makes you wonder how subservient U.S. academics that are constantly traveling back-and-forth must be.)

The Argentine professor, Tristán Rodríguez Loredo, has written a fascinating chronicle of his trip in La Nacion newspaper.

He recalls how Castro's secret police reprimanded him:

"Millions of Argentines come here to enjoy the beaches and the beauties of this country and you are an exception that is only interested in speaking with those people (dissidents)."

In his defense, the Argentine professor told Castro's agents:

"Well, we didn't come here to do 'gringo' style tourism of going to Old Havana, dancing salsa, stopping by Varadero and overlooking reality."

Morals of the story:

First, Castro only wants tourists, period.

Second, American "people-to-people" travelers are nothing but tourists, period.

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