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H2O – Cuban Bathing and Hydration Tales

I used to take refreshing cold tap water, hot deep baths, and high-pressure water for granted. That was before I caught parasites, learned that most hotels in Cuba have no bathtubs, and was introduced to bathing with a bucket. Most common sense short-term travelers to Cuba successfully avoid Montezuma’s Revenge while on holiday by following […]

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Consumerism in Cuba: Paradox or not?

Although the main reason was to provide our family with winter work, I’m sure that one of the other reasons my father shipped his kids off to Cuba in the early ‘90s was so that we wouldn’t become victims of North American consumerism. Like most of my friends in high school, wearing the right clothes […]

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The Ups & Downs of Sex Tourism in Cuba

I’ve already told you that my native Prince Edward Island in Canada is not the right place to look for paid sex while on a holiday. And by no means am I condoning paying for sexual favors, much less taking advantage of the poorer economy of this Latin American nation to satisfy your lust while […]

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How Cubans Tick

Calling a Spade a Spade

Cultural differences between Cubans and Canadians are many. Many Cubans openly pick their noses. In fact, I think that’s exactly why most Cuban men grow their pinky finger nail extra long; all the better to probe their nostrils with, my dear! The sultry way Cuban women walk, no matter what size or shape their body […]

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Screwed, Blued ‘n Tattooed in Cuba

Permanently marking my skin with ink was never in my list of things I thought I’d do in Cuba, but nevertheless I have caved in and done it. Here’s how it happened. SCREWED OK. This part’s obvious. I met my Cuban husband Abel over 10 years ago after I’d been working in Cuba for enough […]

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Climbing the Cuban Social Ladder

Some people who’ve never been to Cuba and don’t know how things work here assume that everyone earns the same paltry salary and that there is no class distinction. Au contraire! But how much you earn doesn’t necessarily make you esteemed in everyone’s eyes in Cuba. Due mainly to the circulation of two currencies and […]

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PEI Hookers

It’s official. PEI’s got hookers. My best friend & I were taking a cruise around the metropolis of Charlottetown early last night after her ex-husband picked up the kids for the weekend. It was pretty quiet around town for a Friday night – the summer tourist season’s not in full swing yet, so alot of […]

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Potty Talk

Elimination is not a pretty subject. But it’s something most of us do every day so I thought I would share some of my loo experiences of the last couple of days. One of the things that strike me when I return to Canada, especially since my Cuban husband has also drawn my attention to […]

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The New Tenants’ Compost Lesson

This is a slightly edited version of an email from Gordon to Kristen last fall (names changed, and a couple of hilarious characterizations removed…). We expanded our Charlottetown, PEI building last year and rent out several units, so Gordon’s now officially a landlord. The new tenants moved in. It was comical. First the girl’s grandparents […]