The news from America? It´s great!

I´ve tried asking people such as my hosts or taxi drivers what their expectations are now that the U.S. is changing it´s attitude. The difficulty is that most of these people speak very poor English and my spanish is mixed with English and Portuguese. I´m never sure what I´m saying.

Once I can make myself understood, people are very positive about it. The entrepreneurial spirit is very pronounced everywhere.

Besides the restaurants and private homes with rooms for rent, people are selling things on the street and setting up small businesses. I´m in the small town of Vinales, very tourist oriented, and there are people selling manicures, fixing cell phones, fixing gas canisters and lighters.

They all seem very competent and efficient, which isn´t true of a lot of places where there has been a sudden opening of business opportunities.

In India, I found people´s skills very mixed. Someone might offer very good services such as fixing bicycles or very bad such as a carpenter I hired. The man hardly had the skills to make a toothpick.

It´s completely different here. People´s good education is very apparent.

Tattoo parlour in Old Havana

Tattoo parlour in Old Havana

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