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Judi Lynn

(161,374 posts)
Sun Oct 30, 2022, 03:59 AM Oct 2022

Si Liberman: Cuba confession of an adventurous news junkie

OCT 29, 2022 11:00 PM

Our first first visit to Cuba 30-plus years ago could have landed us in hot water.

Ignoring the law barring American tourists from visiting the Communist island during the Cold War U.S. embargo, my wife and I sneaked into the country. We did it by following the risky path of other curious Americans who entered Cuba from another country with normal diplomatic relations with the Castro regime. In our case, it was via an Air Jamaica flight to Havana from Montego Bay.

Flouting the law in those days risked a hefty penalty: a fine of up to $250,000 and/​or 10 years in jail.

Arriving in Havana, my wife, Dorothy, a former Spanish teacher, urged the Jose Marti Airport customs officer not to stamp our passports to eliminate evidence of our presence.


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