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Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! This is my often neglected blog mostly about my travels across country in my mobile billboard truck as I attempt to engage in dialogue with people in hopes to wake us up and inspire action to change our country and communities and selves. And it is froth with my opinions, insights, analyses toward that end of holding all life sacred, dismantling the empire and eliminating violence while creating the society and life we want

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Day 5 Guardalavaca worker bees

About ¼ mile away, in front of the hotel, past the several roads and driveways, and behind a huge open field stand a row of apartment building after apartment building painted bright beckoning colors making it almost impossible to distinguish from a hotel.

I decide to walk over there & find out what’s going on. It turns out these are the houses that the government builds before building the hotel – houses for the constructions workers, and later the hotel workers. 

Not just apartments but schools as well, and infirmaries. It’s really incredible this way of life. I talk with several people and am invited into homes, but I don’t go this time – it’s getting late and I want to get online tonite, if I can. As I stroll through the complex, I hear a group of people loudly drumming on substitute drums. I can’t see exactly what they are using but it seems like buckets, metal, rocks, all rhythmically projecting a blend of appealing jaunty sounds that propel me dancing down the sidewalk.

There are signs from the revolution all over the complex. (I'll post pics when I can) and a modern sculpture next to the playground. I wonder if there’s going to be an election as I read these slabs of rock painted (pics).

At the far end of the village there’s a small group of closed shacks lined up together forming a square that appear to be places to buy food. When I ask the young man who is inside the fence if these are shops, he brusquely tells me no. I should have used the word for restaurant instead. I decide to come back during the day and explore for myself. I’d LOVE to find a place that sells tamales!

I wish the tourist industry would do it differently here in Cuba. I suppose some things are different, as the dollar being worth 2/3 of a Cuban dollar. But the plastic cups, bottles, and straws are scattered on the beach along with too many cigarette butts. I wish the hotel would give out glasses and ban the use of straws, not to mention smoking but I think banning straws would be simple compared to banning smoking.

It seems as many womyn are smoking here as men, although I can’t tell if they’re european or Canadians; there are many, many, many Spanish-speaking tourists here – I will ask the waitresses if they are Cubanos o Spaniards, or maybe from other Central or South American countries or Mexico. 

But the hotel hands out one beach towel and you have to keep your receipt in order to get and return the towel; they could do the same for glasses and water bottles to cut down on the basura en la playa. 

I also wonder about the abundance of food in the hotels, of course. How can people be so okay eating so much when most of the people in Cuba have so little to eat? The government makes sure everyone has a subsistence level of food which every single person in Cuba is entitled to – no lengthy filling out papers process, or intense government scrutiny to determine if you deserve food or not, or shame connected to ‘handouts’ – but the gap between how much food is in the hotels and how much is in the homes of most Cubans is shameful.

Maybe the leftover food goes to feed those who are hungry, I don’t know. I think I will ask. At the very least, the seeds should be saved from the delicious fruit and vegetables as I’ve heard from some farmers that seed is scarce. I’m shocked, how can it be with sooooooo much food here at the hotel and how easy it is to save seeds, especially the calabasa, papaya, watermelon – they all have an abundance of seed and grow easily from seed.

I will ask about that also.


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