How nice to live in Cuba
Good to live in Cuba - it is not difficult, you only need to know how to do it. This paper - the result of my experience from 2 years old, lived in Havana.
There is only one word that can describe what is happening in Cuba today - "forward". In Cuba, all waiting for something. Cubans are waiting for a passing car to get to work, waiting for when it will be possible otovarit ration cards, waiting in numerous queues in shops, hospitals and public services, leaders are waiting to give the right to buy a car, the most active Cubans waiting to give the right to leave the country, of course everyone is waiting for the end of the day, so you can go out and start waiting for a ride that will stop and throw up to the house. Everyone is waiting for though any change.
A year ago, I addressed to the US Embassy in Havana (where it is called Mission US interests) to extend the US visa I - I offered to wait 1 year and 8 months in order to attend an interview to the consul - before him all the days of painted.
Cuba - the most popular and the largest island in the Caribbean. Because of its beauty is often called Cuba "the pearl of the Caribbean", it boasts hundreds of kilometers of stunning landscapes, majestic mountains, spectacular scenery and magnificent cities. There are more than 300 pristine beaches, coves and bays, surrounded by beautiful crystal clear waters of the Caribbean - all of this has always been the main advantages of the island.
The people in Cuba cordial, hospitable and love to have fun, have a good sense of humor, they know how to enjoy life and often get together to sing and dance. The Cubans - very kind and good people. They are friendly, responsive and always willing to help. it is often perceived as a desire to earn a tip, but in most cases it is not. In Cuba, there is a unique "two-tier" monetary system. For Cubans in the country one price for foreigners - others. The same service in Cuba there are different ways for Cubans and foreigners. If you are a foreigner, all the services for you are 24 times more expensive than for Cubans. Of course, if you're not a tourist, and live permanently in Cuba, you will learn to bypass this system, but only where this is possible.
Currently, Cuba is constantly there are tens of thousands of foreigners. In Cuba, there is no law prohibiting foreigners to live there, and live well in Cuba, it is not difficult, you only need to know how to do it and take some Cuban specifics.
For more than 15 years, many Canadians and Europeans spend in Cuba during the winter months. There are about 300 sunny days a year. The mild climate is suitable for most people and life expectancy on the island is higher than in most developed countries. Healthy lifestyle Cubans - is a simple and low-calorie food, sport and physical work, cheerful nature of Cubans, as well as the development of the Cuban medicine.
I talked with many foreigners who live permanently in Cuba, basically, it was the European retirees. All of them are quite happy with their lives and be happy, because Cuba can give a lot that does not give any other country in the world. Of course, Cuba is not yet a universal destination of immigration, but it is a place for a certain kind of people can be pretty darn interesting.
Cuba - one of the safest places to live in the world, besides, here is your personal life really is personal (if you are not engaged in espionage or engage in activities that are harmful to Cuba, the Cuban authorities did not are you interested in). Cubans are incredibly friendly and incredibly gracious Cuban police. In Cuba, you will never see the police pressure, armed robbery, rape, cruelty or hostile atmosphere. For 2 years of living in Cuba, the police have never been fined, although the rules of course, I broke.
Now in Cuba small business begins to take the first steps, widely welcomed foreign investment, and this means that Cuba is ready for business. Since investment laws have been relaxed, to invest their capital, Canadians and Europeans. The new investment law allowing foreign businessmen to have their own businesses, offices and housing.
Cuba has left the Cold War in the past and are now ready to participate in shaping the global economy. Very soon in Cuba may start a gold rush, and the hordes of businessmen from around the world will compete for spheres of influence in the island.
In Cuba, you have to deal with only one partner - with the state. To the Cuban economic system can be adapted. I have met many people who have done it. There are many foreigners in Cuba, who opened a successful business. Of course, you need to spend time and learn how to work in the conditions of the Cuban economic system.
Many of the laws in Cuba - to put it mildly, far from perfect, but the good news is that the laws are enforced and corruption is almost no (small gifts to officials do not count). and once you understand and accept these laws, you will be able to work there.
Cuba longs for investments and foreign investors welcomed almost everywhere. An additional advantage for foreign investors is the highly educated and disciplined workforce, huge undiscovered possibilities of tourism and infrastructure improvements. The most important thing - to figure out how everything works. Prepare yourself, it may take years.
You do not need to deceive ourselves. I know dozens of people who for many years trying to do something in Cuba, but they did not work. In addition, in Cuba you will have only one partner - Cuba, and if you do not agree with him more in this country, you will have nothing to do.
In Cuba, as in any other country in the world, it is important to wait and see how best to live and work. I have met many entrepreneurs who traveled to Cuba in the hope of a quick result. As a rule, their endeavors ended in disappointment.
Despite the fact that the conditions for investment and improving life in Cuba, no one can predict with absolute certainty future. I know a lot of people who predict the liberalization of the Cuban economy for the past 20 years, and they are still waiting for it to happen. And how many times in the internet buried Fidel Castro?
New Cuba - this is still a few condos in the center of Havana, which are built according to European standards in places like 5th Avenue, "Marina Hemingway", "Havana Club" or the Malecon. Flats in these homes are freely sold and bought by foreigners, and the price - one of the most expensive in the Caribbean. Another Cuban foreigners to buy real estate is not yet allowed.
The main problems faced by any foreigner in Cuba: food, internet and transportation. In Cuba, there is a supermarket with food from all over the world. Food choices are limited and imported food products are very expensive. Cuban diet - it's beans, rice, chicken and pork. Even in the most expensive and modern Havana stores - such as a supermarket "Palko", you will rarely find more than 2 kinds of cheese, 3-4 types of canned, 1-2 kind of yogurt. For fish and vegetables need to travel outside of Havana - in the village. Interestingly, in terms of shortages of normal products, in Havana there are several restaurants with excellent world-class cuisine.
The biggest problem in Cuba for the modern man - is access to the Internet. He is super-slow, unreliable and super-super-expensive. Car in Cuba to buy almost impossible.
In the end, these items can be discarded if they are not very important to you. Many other parameters, Cuba is a heck of a great place to live. Here a great climate, friendly people, safety, good medicine (certainly not the best in the world, as many say, but still good) - life can be very measured and calm. In Havana, there is a great private school International School of Havana - is attended by children from around the world, and the University of Havana, which is almost the oldest university in the Western Hemisphere.
Who now mostly live in Cuba? Of course, there are many older Europeans: they married young Cuban, closed up little kids and enjoy the warm climate and all the attention and care. European pension is enough for a very decent life in Cuba.
Besides, here there are many people who want to give their children a good education. Recently, more and more talk about the fact that Cuba - the best place in the world to privately conduct their business around the world. Unlike the US and Europe, there will be no one to pry into your affairs.
Hemingway always chose the best places to live. Paris, Spain, Key West, Cuba. He was constantly pursued by the FBI and the US tax administration, and that persecution ultimately killed him, she killed Joe Louis, Woody Herman and other American heroes. He loved Cuba, loved his home in Cuba, but under pressure from the US government was forced to abandon their homes and go to live in the United States. There is strong evidence that this move killed him: FBI charges in connection with the Communists drove him to suicide. If Hemingway left Cuba, he would have lived another 20 years.
And yet - if you're being pursued and you want to find a refuge, Cuba is probably the best place for this.
Even for owners of the most incredible taste and representatives of different lifestyles, Cuba might have something to offer. In June 1998, in the newspaper "Miami Herald" was published the following statement about American bebibumerov "will begin large-scale immigration of pensioners, who are attracted by the low cost of living, under which it is easier to live on their small pension, reasonable prices for medical services and warm climate. Due to the proximity to the US and the low level of industrialization of Cuba will become the most popular place for retirement. "
Result. Cuba is incredibly beautiful. Premium cigars, rum gorgeous, beautiful women, and entertainment. Here, a special attitude towards foreigners and always has been - even before the revolution. It's safe. Cuba has great potential in the area of small business development. Where you can live comfortably and give their children a good education. Unfortunately, it is very much here (almost all) organized through the "one place." If you're willing to put up with - Cuba may be for you a great place to live.