Nothing says “people to people” travel like Hemingway sightseeing in Cuba.
And nothing says: “Ka-Ching!–Ka-Ching!” to the Castro regime’s coffers like Hemingway-tourism. One of Castro’s best American friends is pretty upfront about it:
“Hemingway has always brought people together,” Jim McGovern said. “He transcends politics, and one of the points that I want to make today is that if Cubans and Americans can come together in a constructive way and do this, to help preserve a house and all its contents, then there’s no limit to what we can do if we work together.”
Now he’s in Cuba working on his pet project yet again.
U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern visited Ernest Hemingway’s former home outside the Cuban capital on Monday to celebrate a joint U.S.-Cuban effort to preserve and digitize the Nobel Prize-winning author’s personal effects and writings…..”We are working to preserve the Hemingway collection for our children’s children, and for our grandchildren’s grandchildren,” said Ada Rosa Alfonso, director of Finca Vigia.
The writer’s fourth and last wife, Mary Welsh Hemingway, donated the estate in San Francisco de Paula, about a half-hour drive outside of Havana, to the Cuban government in 1961 shortly after he committed suicide in Idaho.