I guess that lots of people wonder what Cuba will become in the future years. That’s the reason why I’m glad having visited it now – although just for a few days.Too little time to understand, however enough to gather at least an overall impression. And to experience why it’s so easy to feel almost immediately wild about Cuba.Even at a quick glance, a few things impressed me: people always smiling and welcoming although being very poor, the ubiquitous prostitution – in my opinion the greatest plague of the poorest countries -, the partial reluctance (likely driven by the fear of negative consequences) in talking about the day-to-day life coping with embargo, poverty and containment, the charm and contradictions of La Havana.And the two most important Cuba icons: Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.The Plaza de Armas, in La Havana, is emblematic. Everywhere photos, books, flags, portraits, gadgets. Many of Fidel Castro and much more of ‘El Che’.And although I am unable to imagine what the future of Cuba could be in the coming years I cannot help myself to feel amazed by the power that Che Guevara as a symbol and a myth still holds. I thought this was mostly related to an idealization of El Che icon in many countries but apparently he is still alive in Cuba. A symbol of hope?Cuba - Los libros sobre la RevoluciònCuba - Che Guevara Forever 6 Responses Ana O'Reilly August 8, 2010 I’d like to share a different view of Che. What no one seems to remember is that he was a terrorist and a murdered at the beginning of his “career” He led a guerrilla campaign = death and violence. He used violence to achieve what he did. I’m not saying that change wasn’t necessary, of course it was, but he was no saint.On a lighter note, I really did enjoy reading your post. Reply Janice July 13, 2010 Nice post Simon. I agree. I saw people as happy for the most part. When I wrote a post on Cuba I was challenged for this perception. Nice pics! Reply ciki July 13, 2010 how interesting Simon.. looks like you really captured the spirit of Cuba! welldone:) Reply waitinginthedark July 17, 2010 @Janice, thank you for your comment. I’m glad you liked the post. And it’s interesting to read that you shared the same perception when you visited Cuba. @Ciki, ehm… thanks but… I may have captured just a very little piece of Cuba spirit. I would have needed more time and most of all more contacts with the local people. But at least I got a glimse! Reply ayngelina July 8, 2010 I read a lot about Che before coming to Central America and was interested to see how he would be portrayed. But now being in CA I’ve realized that he’s a symbol of hope that regular people can affect change and no one gets caught up in the details of what he may or may not have done in subsequent years.He’s definitely alive in Central America and it’s not just for tourists. Reply waitinginthedark July 9, 2010 Very interesting comment, Ayngelina. I agree with you that no one – or only a very limited number of people – really knows or is even interested in knowing the details. I can’t say if this is a good or bad thing. But I believe that people, especially the ones who are disadvantaged and poor, need a symbol for hope that their life could be better one day. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.Name* Email* WebsiteComment Powered by sweet Captcha Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.