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The Changing Face of Cuba
“Eee-con-o-mia”. The face scrunches up, the corners of the mouth turn down, and the eyes narrow. The word for “the economy” is enunciated in the same manner and is accompanied by the same expression by Cubans across the country. Frustration, exasperation, exhaustion.
Whether it’s airy colonial casa particulars in Havana, a tobacco farmer’s cottage in the Vinales Valley, or a Caribbean coast side house, the variety of homestays on offer to visitors is staggering and makes for a different experience every time.
In 1962, the Cold War was heating up in America’s backyard. Since aligning himself with the Soviet Union, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro was a growing object of US concern. A failed attempt to oust him from power in April 1961 through the use of Cuban exile forces, emboldened both Castro and his Russian supporters.