Cuba: How Cubans in exile measure time

Marta Darby posts an image of the Cubana Aviación plane ticket that brought her, as a small child, from Cuba to the US in 1961, plus a video comprising home movies set to a Celia Cruz song: ‘When we encounter other Cubans wherever we are, there's always a sweet recognition. Then comes the interview: “Where are you from? How long have you been here? Do you still have family there?”

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  • It’s too bad she can’t visit her homeland because the United States government doesn’t allow her to do that. I’m able to come because I’m a journalist and researcher, but Cubans can’t come except once every THREE YEARS and even then, only for the closest of relatives.

    Should your mother be your only living relive in Cuba, and should she die, you cannot, under current U.S. policies, go to her funeral.

    And almost no Cubans are allowed by the U.S. government to visit the United States, either. Even to APPLY for a U.S. visa, Cubans who do NOT wish to emmigrate FROM Cuba, must pay a $200.00 NON-REFUNDABLE FEE just to make the APPLICATION for a visitor’s visa.

    It’t time to allow everyone their right to visit Cuba if they want to do so. Cuba has plenty of problems. PLENTY, but isolating Cuba won’t solve any of them.


    Walter Lippmann
    Havana, Cuba
    when not lin
    Los Angeles, California

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