Sure, we joke about the abuelas being the security system of the neighborhood, yet it is marvelous how everyone knows each other and even if they don’t, they will still greet each other with a smile. Their solidarity and willingness to help each other out in time of need is brilliant. And let’s face it, when things go wrong on Cuban time, you need that to help you get things done!
You will also find that whilst life has not been easy on this picturesque island, the Cubans are truly grateful for what they have, thus they live a lot happier lives with much fewer material things than your average westerner. Wi-fi is adhoc, mod cons are few and far between, it’s probably the secret behind keeping strong connections with each other, their family, friends, and community alive.
And a cheerful community at that. They always manage to have a smile on their faces. It amazes me! As an outsider, I get upset and frustrated about things when in Cuba, I guess it comes down to my expectations for things to ‘work’ and ‘go right’. Yet no matter what difficulties life throws at the Cuban people, they always manage to have a happy demeanor and positive outlook on life.
The less I have, the less I need; is a saying that sums Cuba up very well. No matter the adversity one faces here, there’s always gratitude, there’s always happiness, there’s always time for one another, for playing dominoes on the streets, having a rum or two, playing music and singing along… in a way, there’s always a deep love that’s fueling this place. Their spirit, their strength is truly amazing.
Every town, every place is a different adventure. New people to meet, new friends to welcome – and lifelong friends at that. You can sit in a rocking chair and watch the world go by… you can learn to roll the perfecta cigar.. learn the secret family recipe of that most delicious roast pork that was handed down through generations and may be even find yourself being part of some festivity, dancing salsa all night. It can happen anywhere at any time, from east to west, from north to south, if you come with an open heart and an open mind.