- What is your first name: Jorge
- What city are you from: Trinidad
- What country are you from: Cuba
- What do you do: Bartender
- If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why: Would like to go to any socialist country and work.
- What’s your dream and why: For the USA to lift the embargo and release the 5 Cubans that the US government has locked up.
Notes: Jorge was working at a bar that we were walking by and the first thing I noticed was that he didn’t look Latin. I know that might sound bad, but it’s the truth. A lot of Cubans look American or European. Is it just me, or does anyone else agree? Anyways, he had this real classic look to him that just oozed 1950’s-era style. I could have converted these photos to Black & White and said my grandfather had taken them back in the war and you wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference. Then again, a lot of Cuba oozes 1950 and I guess that is what makes it so unique.
I did find it funny that Jorge wanted to visit any socialist country in the world for work. Coming from a communist nation, and at war with a capitalist country (USA), made me wonder why? Maybe he was splitting the difference, and had seen the worst of both extremes, thus his logic was the middle ground. Again this is where I wish I knew more Spanish so I could ask more about that. He was to my surprise, the only Cuban that I met while there that stated he wanted the embargo lifted by America.
After doing some research once I left Cuba, I learned one of the single biggest factors for the embargo not being lifted is because American-Cubans don’t want it lifted. I thought that was strange, but if you really think about it, it does make a little sense, seeing how all those people were kicked out of their country by Castro. Can’t blame them if they still have a bad taste in their mouth from it.