My BDP and I infront of a T34 tank.
If you look closely, you'll spot some old locomotives. I LOVE to wander around where normal tourist wouldn't dare to go. And my mom and I found a small treasure in the middle of Havana; a junkyard of old locomotives. We had a guided tour by an old man, again; basic engrish. But it was amazing to see old american made locomotives, some of them dated back to the 1880's! I'll try to find my mom's pictures tomorrow
Thats a true "Yellow cab" !
This can mean only one thing; the Castro brothers want money from us.Raul Castro: Cuba willing to sit down with US
Cuba is not Going to benefit from a Western Approach. It will simply chopped in blocks and sold for cheap to whoever has the cash. The Only Viable Solution for Cuba is pulling an outright Deng Ziao Ping. Now what Raul says is one thing what he does is a completely different animal. Not mentionning that I bet the Revolution Kids are not going to get pushed aside like most of the Non State-Police-affiliated Commies were in Eastern Europe.
Realistically, Cuba should just become the 51st state. We already have a military base there. In the past it would have been a problem since Cuba was Communist, but hell, we elected Obama. Obama, Raul Castro .. not really much difference.
The Cubans lives would improve. Cuba is only the size of a medium-large state anyway. Lots of Americans speak Spanish. We can put an MLB baseball team there in Havana.
There'd be tons of investment. Some nice casinos and hotels. Cuba would grow at China like levels for the next 20 years - 8-10% per year.
Half our politicians speak Spanish already, so incorporating Cuba wouldn't be that hard. We can just elect Marco Rubio in 2016 and annex Cuba the year after. We can even keep a small part pristine as some sort of 1950s communist theme park, Commie Disney. It's a win-win.
I honestly see no reason that Cuba and America can't or shouldn't reconcile. We have done so with other past enemies in much shorter order and I particularly enjoy Trinidad cigars.
Cuba nearly was a state - it was buried basically due to racism