Cubans and Logging In to the Future

Alfredo Fernandez

HAVANA TIMES — Having left Cuba less than a month ago has proven a major revelation for me. Yes, because for a Cuban crossing the limits of the island for the first time brings with it a peculiar significance to the trivial act of traveling in today’s world.

Shortly after arriving to Ecuador, which is far from being a developed country, the unnecessary sacrifice that Cubans are subjected to daily becomes all so clear.

It’s impossible for me to understand why in Cuba we don’t have full Internet service, a tool that interweaves much of the daily life of the inhabitants of the planet.

I also can’t understand always having to search for something to eat on the island? A brief visit to any market in Ecuador and you will find a diversified and affordable offer, even for the less fortunate pocketbook.

I’ll never forget that “conversation” between Eliecer Avila [then a student leader at the Computer University] and Ricardo Alarcon [the former chair of the Cuban parliament], where Alarcon, in one of his usual statements answered the student by saying, that “travel would be the best way to end the doubts of the people on the legitimacy of the Cuban system.”

To be honest Mr. Alarcon, now that I can verify what I always imagined, I reassert what I invariably thought: the difficulties faced by people in Cuba are absolutely unnecessary.

Twenty days ago I left Havana and to this day I cannot find the slightest reason for complicity with what Alarcon defends to the limit. To the contrary, thinking of Cuba I can only feel sorry for my country, even more so for those who have not yet traveled, enabling them to enter into the future and see like me, that which they have known for a long time.

Alfredo Fernandez

Alfredo Fernandez: I didn't really leave Cuba, it's impossible to leave somewhere that you've never been. After gravitating for 37 years on that strange island, I managed to touch firm ground, but only to confirm that I hadn't reached anywhere. Perhaps I will never belong anywhere. Now I'm living in Ecuador, but please, don't believe me when I say where I am, better to find me in "the Cuba of my dreams.

13 thoughts on “Cubans and Logging In to the Future

  • April 12, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Grady, lighten up.

    I get called all manner of nasty things on a regular basis here and I couldn’t care less. But you seem to have a remarkably thin skin at a little light hearted tease from me.

  • April 11, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    You are so adept at falsification and taking cheap-shots. I’m impressed!

  • April 10, 2013 at 7:15 am

    You wrote: “Cuba had no acces to fiber-glass cables because of the embargo. Lets wait whether the cable from Vebnezuela wikll change things.”

    The facts are that Cuba did have access to fibre-optic cable, a French firm installed the cable to Venezuela, and two years later, there is still no public connection to the internet.

    If what you wrote is not what you meant, that’s your problem.

    So why didn’t you move from Austria to East Germany?

  • April 10, 2013 at 6:27 am

    As a Canadian, I can see many things that make the lives of Cubans difficult. I and also see many things to admire and envy.

  • April 9, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    If I may suggest, the phrase you are looking for is “make-believe socialist fantasy”. It cannot actually exist, you cannot even describe it accurately, but it makes you feel good talking about it.

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