Contrary to popular beliefs, it is possible to leave Cuba. However, the process is very long and complicated. If cubans don’t have relatives abroad, it may take them years to even be considered to leave the country. Moreover, the fear of leaving for the unknown is a common factor. The restricted access to internet keeps cubans carefully controlled and unaware of what is truly out there.
In the last few years, Cubans have begun to try to make it their own way, by moving from their chosen careers to careers that actually pay. Almost everyone I have met had a degree in another field than they were working in. The tour guide had been a teacher, the taxi driver had been an engineer and the cleaning lady was supposed to be a nurse. An other option is present for the cubans : to work for themselves in the private sector. For those that are successful, this process actually ends up creating more inequality within the country, leaving the public sector envious of their neighbours and increasing crime between the two parties.
Therefore, what hope is left for Cuba? As tourists, most of us come to Cuba to spend our days in an all inclusive resort, tip well (we know they need it), do a few tours, take a lot of pictures and come back home with a tan or an upset stomach. We take for granted that we spend our vacation in a country that needs more than a few tips, but an authentic revolution. Cuba needs a change of structure. Do our frequent visits as tourists help in that direction or hinder? That is a question I myself will be pondering about for the next little while. However, it will certainly be hard for me to forget about the beauty of this country and it’s warm hearted locals. - 58 minutes ago