First Time in Cuba
I just got back from Santa Lucia this past Tuesday. I spent the first 5 days on the resort trying to be a good boy but when the evening's entertainment was a fashion show, I couldn't take it and went for a walk. I got as far as the end of the resort's driveway and met a very pretty girl who asked if I had a chica. I told her that sorry I don't know what a chica was. We chatted a bit then I went to the next resort to see what was going on. On the way to a local disco I ran into a gang of Cuban guys who immediately became my amigos and kept hitting me up for beers. BUT ... just before we got to the disco I saw this girl again. She was walking in the opposite direction so I called to her and asked if she wanted to join us. (I had in the meantime asked a security guard at the other resort what a Chica was.)
The disco was busy and I bought my new amigo and this girl a drink. There were other girls looking at me like they were going to come over but the girl I had invited kind of snuggled up closer (obviously) to keep them away. We ended up going to an outdoor disco party (the amigos followed) and had a great night dancing. I really didn't know how to take this girl and it kinda bothered me. I hoped that she wasn't a Jineteras, which I just read about on your site. I was getting conflicting messages. She told me a couple of times during the night that she loved me, which worried me but around 3am the bunch of them were going to head to a different disco and I said I was going to head back to my place. The girl asked if we could meet the next day and I agreed.
We met at an outdoor cafe at 4 in the afternoon and talked awhile as best we could using Spanish, German, English, Italian and when we talked about our kids I said that I'd like to see her 2-year old daughter. She had photos but they were at her sister's place and she invited me to go. It was 12 km by taxi. When we got there I met her sister and her little niece. She made me a coffee and showed me the photos. I had fun with the cute niece washing the floor and dancing and overall enjoyed the visit. The taxi showed up and we headed to my resort, agreeing to meet again that night.
I was at the disco early, grabbed a beer, put off one girl and ended up chatting with another girl after telling her I was waiting for my "chica". When this girl showed up I almost died. She was so beautiful! We had a great night of dancing, talking, drinking and hanging out with two other couples and I hated for the night to end. I had to fly back to Canada the next morning. It was the most fun I've had in a lot of YEARS. Neither of us could believe that we had just met the day before and she cried about me having to leave.
Now I'm back in Canada and I'm suffering through a rollercoaster of emotions. Reading the article about "Jineteras" didn't help any. She gave me her mother's phone number (she doesn't have a phone) and her address and she took down my email address and said she'd write me. The first night we were out I gave her some money, not for services rendered, I just wanted to. I had a silver ring which I gave her as well and she took it without hesitation. On our second, wonderful and final night I gave her all the rest of the money I had left plus I went through my "stuff" at the hotel and put everything I could think of in a bag for her to give to whoever might need something. It just seemed like the right thing to do. I wished I had more to give. I even threw in my gold watch (I have another at home) and my bottle of duty free French brandy.
Okay, that's plenty long now. But, like I said, I'm confused, messed up and I miss her like crazy! It's been 4 whole days and I haven't heard from her! Again, is she a Jineteras and I was just another tourist? I don't think so. I hope not.
A Cuban/Canadian friend of mine (met him on this trip) is going down again on November 22nd. I asked him if he would take some things down for this girl and her daughter. I had a great time shopping for 2-year old clothes, got a teddy bear and decided to send an envelope with money as well just to help out. The girl told me that her daughter's birthday was on the 10th of November and that I should call ...
Now that really is enough. Pardon me for going on so long. I feel like I found Cinderella and I'm standing there with her glass slipper but don't know where to look.
Comments by Vic Webmaster
Great story Andreas, this happend to several "Cuba First Timers". Enjoy the attention, but don't get to deep involved, keep a low profile with money and gifts only time will tell you how things can work out.