[freedomtowernight_edited.jpg] 26th Parallel: Taste of Freedom Not Enough

Monday, June 20, 2005

Taste of Freedom Not Enough

The Sun-Sentinel's Vanessa Bauza wrote an article yesterday on Cubans who managed to leave Cuba, but returned to the island after a short time in the United States.

It's a different twist to the stories you normally hear about: Cubans literally dying to come to the U.S. and making a decent life here. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work that way. Being homesick without family is too tough for some to handle. Working hard for a living is something that Cubans just aren't used to...check out this quote from the article:

"People here [in Cuba] think that in the United States planes fly overhead throwing dollars out the window," he said. "They don't know you have to work 16 hours a day for your money while they're here playing dominoes."

It would be easy for me to sit here and criticize that comment, but I have to remember that today's Cubans are brought up in a totally different system, one where hard work is not rewarded, therefore not necessary.

Read the entire story here.

1 Comments:

Blogger Henry "Conductor" Gomez said...

Yes there are cases of botelleros that come here to vivir del cuento and end up going back. But everybody knows that's a tiny percentage. The 25th anniversary of Mariel was an incredible thing. A lot of people said the same kind of things about the Marielitos. Today those people are as established as the first wave of immigrants was when the Marielitos cam here.

12:52 AM, June 21, 2005  

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