Cuba – The Loveliest Land

Excerpt from my Cuba: the Loveliest Land page on

Walking down a dark hallway, we turned a corner into an apartment where three men sat on a couch. Flight response was getting stronger since fight was out of the question.  Now was the time to plan exit strategies – Rapido!  In the back room, Gold Chain guy demonstrates the quality of the fine Cohibo cigars, rolling one cigar he pulls from the box showing no leaves falling out.  Then he blows into the end of the cigar proving god knows what – maybe the tightness of the roll.  The special deal is 250 CUCs for 24 cigars. I pose a look as if mulling over the generous offer all the while planning my escape in as cool a manner as possible.  I shake his hand and thank him profusely but confess I do not carry that sort of cash. (Actually, I was walking around with $300 in my money belt and my sweat was soaking the fabric.)

About Whittoons

Cartoonist, and community organizer who has covered the globe as a doodlebugger, gandydancer, supernumerary steward, Able Bodied Seaman, Wireman, monkey man, Night Baker and dishwasher, Hobo, hitchhiker and husband.
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