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If given the opportunity, would you travel to Cuba?

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Photo of Eric Dayton

“No. If I was wanting to have nice weather and a beautiful area to go to, it would not be Cuba. I would feel a little bit too nervous.”

Photo of Ana Garnier

“Yes. My dad is from Cuba; he came to the United States on the Freedom Flight. We have family over in Cuba, so I would go to experience where my dad grew up.”

Photo of Amanda Thompson

“I would travel to Cuba because I think it’s important to see new places.”

Photo of James Wesley

“No. I just don’t have any interest to go to Cuba.”

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bronze 4 years, 11 months ago

provide the rum / answer yes.

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bronze 4 years, 11 months ago

would love to hear the real cuban music.

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bronze 4 years, 11 months ago

sure Cuba would be very interesting.

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KSChick1 4 years, 11 months ago

I may visit a communist country in the daytime but I'll never lay my head down to sleep in one! (from Everybody Loves Raymond)

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

Health care in Cuba?

Check out: http://medicinacubana.blogspot.com/2007/03/health-care-in-cuba-two-faces-of-myth.html

Don't believe what the foreign visitors see in the Potemkin villages represents how common people really live on the island prison known as Cuba.

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bronze 4 years, 11 months ago

probably to see organic agriculture in action.

80% of all their veggies are organic by American standards which helps to make them all healthier & have less medical care.

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Sunlover 4 years, 11 months ago

75x55 -- I think your response is the only valid and educated response listed on this blog. Thank you.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 11 months ago

Well xbus, You must not be too stuck and still be sober enough to walk, cuz I just checked out Google street view of Topeka and didn't see you nowheres.

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grammaddy 4 years, 11 months ago

"I think some of you are trying to out argue the other." When does that ever happen here???

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Chris Ogle 4 years, 11 months ago

Someone help me.... I am in debt up to my eyeballs, and stuck in Topeka....Cuba sounds great at this point.

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RedwoodCoast 4 years, 11 months ago

Me and a friend were trying hatch a plan a few years back to fly to Mexico and connect with Cuba from there. I would definitely go. Who gives a rat's @ss about the government. It's the people who make up the country and its culture, not the government. I really don't understand why we still have a trade embargo with Cuba. At one time, it made sense, but now it just seems like we maintain it "just because."

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

I fully expected to find someone referring to me as "comrade" by the time I got back today. Hmm? Must be eating biscuits somewhere.

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blue73harley 4 years, 11 months ago

"...and all of those 1950's american vehicles sitting in the streets."

Sitting is pretty much all they do, too. There have been many magazine articles written about the cars in Cuba over the years. Most all are so used, modified and abused that they would be worthless to collectors and restorers.

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denak 4 years, 11 months ago

Absolutely! My undergraduate degree is in Latin American history. It is such an amazing country. I honestly can't wait until it is legally open to travel to.

Dena

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Ceallach 4 years, 11 months ago

Great photo makes a good point :)

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

I wonder what ordinary Cubans would be posting on this thread if their Communist overlords permitted them unsupervised access to the internet.....

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75x55 4 years, 11 months ago

And driving those cool 1950s vehicles over here to do it too, Ceallach -

http://linseyk.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/cuba-image2193980.jpg

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Ceallach 4 years, 11 months ago

War mongering bully? Oh please, merrill, I think the "natives" have a pretty good understanding of America, many are still dying to come here.

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 11 months ago

Absolutely and why not. Check out the music,food,historical sites and all of those 1950's american vehicles sitting in the streets.

And visit with the natives so they understand that america is much more than a war mongering bully.

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jonas_opines 4 years, 11 months ago

"I think some of you are trying to see who can out argue the other."

No! Say it ain't so!

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 11 months ago

If we go down there, will they play Babaloo? Never trusted Ricky Ricardo, and after learning more about him, I see I was correct in my gut instinct. However, thanks to him, I would at least have some chance of understanding the locals if they spoke English. What was I thinking taking German. If I were healthy and young and know what I know now..aka could do it all over again..I'd travel everywhere! What the hell was I thinking getting married ?!?!?! That blasted fairy tale..house- picket- fence- family that I was expected to have as a goal.

Irish, to say you support Walmart and China is redundancy, and you already support many other third world countries that ..ah heck, I'm not getting into that whole thing again. :)

Glorious day out there, isn't it folks? Good day to bake in the sun. Best part of being part of the skin cancer generation..it just doesn't matter anymore! Go for it.

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Ceallach 4 years, 11 months ago

Irish (Irish Swearingen) says…

I think some of you are trying to see who can out argue the other. ** Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Were you able to type that with a straight face?

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geekin_topekan 4 years, 11 months ago

"...neither country is particularly clean, well-run or efficient." ++++ As opposed to, say...Lawrence? Don't we have another thread going that's complaining of ciggies and bums laying around?

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ArumerZwarteHoop 4 years, 11 months ago

“Not really, Mexicans and Cubans are very different in their ethnic makeup and culture. I would also suggest that you never say that to a Mexican or Cuban, as both would be quite offended.”


My question is: Who got all these remarkable different Latino cultures together and taught them all how to park their cars on the front lawn?

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 11 months ago

Oh, and maybe I could help someone in Cuba by mailing them a car - one piece at a time.

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 11 months ago

I think some of you are trying to see who can out argue the other. I would go to Cuba in a shaved New York minute. I would try to learn some Spanish as it is spoken in Cuba as to communicate. I would take a thousand pictures, and eat, eat, eat. I now support Walmart and China. Time to branch out. Every Latin country has their own dialect and it can be difficult for someone from one to understand the other.

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sgtwolverine 4 years, 11 months ago

"Not really, Mexicans and Cubans are very different in their ethnic makeup and culture."

Yes, but neither country is particularly clean, well-run or efficient. That's pretty much what I was after.

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monkeyspunk 4 years, 11 months ago

"Isn't Cuba like Mexico on an island, but without freedom?"

Not really, Mexicans and Cubans are very different in their ethnic makeup and culture. I would also suggest that you never say that to a Mexican or Cuban, as both would be quite offended.

Cuba is more like Puerto Rico without freedom.

I would rather go to Puerto Rico and visit some of my old baseball teammates, but if someone offered me a free trip to Cuba, I would go.

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75x55 4 years, 11 months ago

Sure! Would love to. As soon as US normalizes relations with Cuba.

Which should only happen after the Cuban government pays restitution for, or restores ownership of, the properties confiscated (ie., stolen) during their revolution.

Then we'll be happy to come on down in droves, where our capitalist consumerist culture will infiltrate their island and system so fast that their evil totalitarian system will dissolve very quickly. Happens wherever it's tried.

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Boeing 4 years, 11 months ago

“Cubans can not: • Travel abroad without government permission. • Change jobs without government permission. • Change residence without government permission. • Access the Internet without government permission (the Internet is closely monitored and controlled by the government. Only 1.67% of the population has access to the Internet). • Send their children to a private or religious school (all schools are government run; there are no religious schools in Cuba). • Watch independent or private radio or TV stations (all TV and radio stations are owned and run by the government). Cubans illegally watch/listen to foreign broadcasts. • Read books, magazines or newspapers, unless approved/published by the government (all books, magazines and newspapers are published by the government). • Receive publications from abroad or from visitors (punishable by jail terms under Law 88).”


Good thing I am not Cuban...

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sgtwolverine 4 years, 11 months ago

Isn't Cuba like Mexico on an island, but without freedom?

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prospector 4 years, 11 months ago

No problem. I here it is a nice place to visit.

What law requires me to hate another country and it's people? They did not do anything to me.

Obie-Autie, with the force, you don't need fishing tackle.

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Ceallach 4 years, 11 months ago

“Why would I want to contribute to the economy of a Communist country?”


Maybe because you should be nice to the little brother communist country, of the big brother communist country, that will soon be the legal owner of your country.

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jonas_opines 4 years, 11 months ago

"Why would I want to contribute to the economy of a Communist country?"

Because economic development, or the desire for it, has shown to be a good catylist(sp?) for capitalist reform, at least taking China as an example.

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notajayhawk 4 years, 11 months ago

autie (Anonymous) says…

"I would love to go meet the Castro brothers. Maybe they could take me fishing."

I have this image of Fidel in a sheriff's uniform, walking down this dirt road, whistling and carrying a fishing pole, with little Obie-Autie at his side...

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Paul R Getto 4 years, 11 months ago

conservativepunker (Anonymous) says…"Why would I want to contribute to the economy of a Communist country?" ====== A good point, perhaps, do you shop at Walmart?

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ArumerZwarteHoop 4 years, 11 months ago

Cuba is a good country……………..for me to poop on.

If I want to see a bunch of Hispanics living like peasants on a plantation I will go to Dodge City or East Topeka. It is cheaper.

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Ceallach 4 years, 11 months ago

But snap, you are missing the big picture! They have beautiful palm trees, beaches, and I hear their health care is great. Cuban employees are there to grovel and make you feel really special. Just smile a lot, drink a lot and whatever you do, don't make eye contact with the authorities. Now, how hard would that be?

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geekin_topekan 4 years, 11 months ago

The two white girls are totally down for the trip! The two guys?Well,they just lost their dates to a couple of even-tanned Cuban dudes!!LOL!

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

"Cubans can not: • Travel abroad without government permission. • Change jobs without government permission. • Change residence without government permission. • Access the Internet without government permission (the Internet is closely monitored and controlled by the government. Only 1.67% of the population has access to the Internet). • Send their children to a private or religious school (all schools are government run; there are no religious schools in Cuba). • Watch independent or private radio or TV stations (all TV and radio stations are owned and run by the government). Cubans illegally watch/listen to foreign broadcasts. • Read books, magazines or newspapers, unless approved/published by the government (all books, magazines and newspapers are published by the government). • Receive publications from abroad or from visitors (punishable by jail terms under Law 88)."

http://ctp.iccas.miami.edu/FACTS_Web/Cuba%20Facts%20Issue%2042%20August.htm

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BrianR 4 years, 11 months ago

Actually, I would love to go to Cuba.

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BrianR 4 years, 11 months ago

Autie, that is a terrific idea. You could film the entire thing and start your own internet fishing show. What do you think?

The Trawling Totalitarian

The Angling Autocrat

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salad 4 years, 11 months ago

Mr_Nancy_Boy_To_You (Tom Shewmon) says…

"Why is everyone so down on Cuba? Since November 4 2008, our government shares the same philosophy. Tell the people whatever you want and make sure there are no questions."

So the Bush administration became a bunch of comunists on Nov. 4, 2008? WOW! Tom Shewmon doesn't get his dates right.WOW! I wonder what Tommy-boy meant by that last sentence? WOW! WOW!WOW!WOW!WOW!WOW!WOW!WOW!WOW!WOW!WOW!WOW!WOW!WOW!WOW!WOW!WOW!

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redfred 4 years, 11 months ago

Conserv- Everytime you buy something made in China. When you spend the stimulus money the US borrowed from China you contribute to the economy of a Communist country.

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blue73harley 4 years, 11 months ago

Nope. If I were headed south, I would simply stop at Key West.

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conservativepunker 4 years, 11 months ago

Why would I want to contribute to the economy of a Communist country?

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

What would Raul think of Woodlings article the other day?

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

Disrespect for authority will get you a prison sentence in Cuba.

"Reporters Without Borders has learned that dissident journalist Alberto Santiago Du Bouchet, a reporter for the Habana Press news agency, was sentenced to three years in prison on 12 May. Arrested on 18 April on a charge of “disrespect for authority,” he had been transferred to a prison on 10 May. The press freedom organisation does not expect his appeal to be successful. “Hastily tried just two days after being jailed, Du Bouchet has little chance of having his sentence quashed on appeal as it was due above all to his activities as a dissident journalist,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The lawyer who filed the appeal on his behalf was not even able to attend the trial.” The press freedom organisation added: “Du Bouchet’s imprisonment brings the number of journalists detained in Cuba to 24. He is the fourth journalist to be jailed since Raúl Castro took over as President of the Council of State in July 2006. Despite the transition, Cuba still holds its position as the world’s second biggest prison for journalists.”"

http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=31317

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

In a minute. I would love to go meet the Castro brothers. Maybe they could take me fishing.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 11 months ago

Why is everyone so down on Cuba? Since November 4 2008, our government shares the same philosophy. Tell the people whatever you want and make sure there are no questions.

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grammaddy 4 years, 11 months ago

In a heart beat. I have a lawyer friend who is from there.Such a beautiful man, I would love to meet his family and old friends. My Latin friends tell me it is beautiful.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 11 months ago

Cuba, Kansas? It.s not far away, but it's a pretty small town.

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Boeing 4 years, 11 months ago

Two thumbs up for Cuba! Beautiful place.

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jonas_opines 4 years, 11 months ago

But Snap, I thought we were closing Guantanamo Bay.

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Norma Jeane Baker 4 years, 11 months ago

I would go to Cuba in a heartbeat!! I have a friend who goes there quite regularly and he's invited me to join him on a future trip. I hope I'm able to take him up on it soon!! I actually want to get there before the US opens relations to Cuba and ruins it.

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Chris Ogle 4 years, 11 months ago

Gotta be better than Topeka. Yee-Haw

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

Just don't think about the political prisoners rotting away in Cuban jails while you're puffing those stogies.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 11 months ago

Hey fellas, The 3 time Liberal-Olney Pancake DayRace champion has died. So very sad. http://www.emporiagazette.com/news/2009/may/18/transplant_fails_exemporian/

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Daytrader23 4 years, 11 months ago

No, I have no interest in life or other things, I will just stay in this poop hole known as Kansas and rot away- Loser.

Go to Cuba, it's absolutely beautiful, the people are friendly, the food is delicious and there is nothing better then dancing to samba with a beautiful women on a warm Cuban night drinking the finest rum and the worlds best cigars.

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Donnuts 4 years, 11 months ago

I don't see why anyone would not... besides the political realm and safety under other law enforcement officials... however it would depend on the accommodations and who I was traveling with. I have real trust issues remaining from the dorm experience you see and I have a hard time trusting people that I live with because of it. Traveling beyond as I do in time is already difficult enough. Ideally, yeah. It would be great to even go places like Bosnia, and north eastern India but you can never tell traveling and all, even just in the U.S.

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