Disappointed, thought I made friends in Cuba
I went to Varadero with a group of friends, all females. Within minutes of our arrival everyone knew where we were from. Next day at the pool / beach they all seemed to know where we were from.
Animation staff was very friendly and fun. One very fit guy kept trying to tell us how some cubans will marry just to get out of the country... not him, he had an european girlfriend and even started crying when talking about their breakup... I was not interested in this conversation at all.
After we came back home got an email from him very friendly. Other emails followed and then he started asking if I could send things... another email declaring how much he wanted me (te quiero, see they don't really say they love you, they want you, either out of lust or because they want your money).
I said I was only interested in being his friend and short after the emails stopped.
It's sad they have to do this to get things, to get out... I really thought we had met some cool friends. Sometimes it is best if you don't keep in touch...
Remark by Vic, Webmaster
Sarah, thanks for sharing your experience in Varadero. Don't forget that Varadero is not the real Cuba, it's all artificial. Cubans see Varadero as one big "business opportunity". Always ask yourself in Cuba this question: If this Cuban would earn the same (high) salary as I do, would he still be interested to be my friend (lover)...the answer is probably, NO!
Notice, that the expression, "te quiero", (I want you) has exactly the same meaning in Cuba as "Te amo" (I love you). And in Cuba they use the expression "Te amo" against everyone, it has also the meaning of "I like you". If you buy a Cuban a few drinks he/she will probably say "Te Amo" instead of "Thank You". Real friends in Cuba, as well as in every country are not "made suddenly", it can take years to build trust.