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i had always thought that i would like to visit Cuba. in fact, i was thinking it might be one of my first trips once i get to Costa Rica. i know it's technically illegal, but the Cubans just stamp a piece of paper instead of your passport if you are American and happily take your money. a friend of mine recently went there with his son at the end of a trip to Mexico. they were, to say the least, disappointed. what had been planned as a three week visit lasted seven days. my friend told me that the country is incredibly racist. all the cool stuff you might hear about cuba, from the warm and fuzzy socialist stuff to the great medical schools and high literacy, is basically for whites only. 85% of the country is black. there's more, but that's enough.
10 years ago, jackson browne wrote a song called Lives In The Balance. i think it is the best thing he's ever written. he recently released an acoustic version of it. video here