Enlightning in Havana Cuba
by Angie Jewel
I visited cuba and knew of all the scams because of the situation and lives of the country. I was introduced to a family through a friend of a friend and stayed with them for near to nothing. There was a family nextdoor and I ended up meeting them and there son and I started a friendship it developed into a relationship and we fell in love we both did not expect this we were both just hanging out as friends. We ended up travelling to Santiago to his grandmothers 99 birthday, I met at least 200 of his family we then returned to Havana and I moved next door with his family, they never asked me for money and even tried to feed me constaantly always worrying about me. I am vegetarian so this was very difficult, I ended up getting an extention on my visa and left 2 months later. It was my dream to go to Cuba and I always fantasized about retiring there and writing like Ernest Hemingway. Anyways I had to leave when my visa ran out and my savings too, it was devastating I have travelled alot im my life and have never cried even leaving my own family, I cried all the way back to Australia and want to return every day, now I am working loads and are going through the process of trying to bring my man to Australia on an invitation this is a very long and loads of red tape and Cuba makes it very difficult and once we even have the visa they may nnot grant him the permit. It is so unfair as we genuinely love each other and he never asked to leave Cuba or asked for any money. He said he will wait forever, this is one of the most hardest experiences I have ever lived through as I just want to return but cuba will not let me live there, I just hope that we will be reunited soon. His family were the most genuine loving people and the grandchildren and everyone cried so much the night before I left, I've never felt so loved, I've never been so touched by the pureness of these people, even the neighbours constantly made sure I was okay and everybody came to say goodbye. The cuban people are an incredible race and taught me and enlightened me more than any other culture has and I have travelled through many Latin and European countries and the love and care for me that my man showed me was overwhelming, I will continue to do everything in my power for us to be together and live our lives out to the end.