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“Trump es Loco”

(I wrote this on the harrowing taxi ride to the Havana Airport the other day)

Trump es loco” were the words from our taxi driver as he attempted to make the 3 1/2 hour drive to the airport in 2 hours. His Geely (Chinese auto manufacturer) was being pushed to the limits as was evident by every dashboard Idiot Light being lit up like beer signs in a liquor store. I believe he would have qualified for the Daytona 500. (To my beneficiaries who were not in this car, my Estate Plan and Will are up-to-date.)

At times I will share political observations from locals but this is not meant to be a political blog. There have been times I have voted Republican and times Democratic. I lean left of center on social issues and right of center on economic policies. Sometimes these conflict. What I try to do is be open to ideas and beliefs which differ from mine. Sometimes I do it well, sometimes not.

I had an interesting conversation with our Moroccan-born, Belgium-trained doctor, who has lived in Cuba for over 15 years. He was invited by Fidel Castro himself to live and practice Cardiology and met him personally.

He was a Castro supporter and felt Fidel  was an energetic leader and good for human rights. The rationale being that every Cuban had free medical and dental care. A Cuban doctors perspective. Free healthcare would not be worth the loss of so many liberties by living in a Communist state. This American’s perspective. I enjoyed our conversation and learned. Traveling is about getting a different perspective.

I was not surprised by our taxi driver’s view as I heard many Cubans were disappointed with Trump’s announcement. Of the few we spoke to, they felt the US tourist dollars were starting to help their way of living. Many felt it would be more difficult to visit relatives living in Miami.

Maybe things will change in a few years.

P.S. – I just uploaded a few photos from Cuba at www.gillettes.us.

Bryan Gillette

Bryan Gillette is the founder and principal consultant for The Summiting Group focusing on Leadership and Organizational Development. He has traveled extensively for both work and personal reasons visiting almost 60 countries and 40 United States. He is an avid runner and cyclist and ran 200 miles around Lake Tahoe in 76 hours as well as cycled across the United States. He recently spent one year traveling the world with his family.

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  1. I love that you guys have been in Cuba! Wonderful! I saw the picture of Audrey at the beach swimming. When we were in Cuba, Cubans were not allowed on the nice beaches, only tourists. Is that still the case? Our Cuban cousin was not allowed in the nice hotel with us either. So glad the trip is going well so far!

    1. We were on a beach outside Havana and their were tourists and locals. Did not go into Veradero, the touristy part of Cuba so can’t answer all of your question. People were amazingly friendly.

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