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Monday, March 7, 2022


Chevy convertible--vintage 1952 is popular with taxi drivers

The U.S. government announced Thursday that it would resume limited processing of immigrant visas in Havana more than four years after halting that service and removing most diplomats from Cuba over suspicions they had been targeted for mysterious attacks. 

The Havana embassy’s charge d’affaires, Timothy Zuniga-Brown, announced that the consulate would soon begin processing some immigrant visas for which documentation already is complete, though he did not give a date. Most visas will continue to be processed in Guyana on the South American mainland — a costly and difficult journey away for most Cubans. 

Zuniga-Brown said the U.S. is interested in “safe and legal” immigration, particularly for family reunification cases, which had been complicated by the withdrawal of diplomats. Cuba last year saw a surge in unauthorized migration attempts fueled in part by an economic crisis that was exacerbated by the pandemic, increased U.S. sanctions and cuts in aid from Venezuela.—from The Associated Press, Havana. 

The internationally famous Sloppy Joe's Bar in Havana.  Reminds us to mention Alec Guinness in the 1950s film "Our Man in Havana" adapted from a Graham Greene novel.

Plenty of beach, cervezas and pretty girls with year around weather much like Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Home in Trinidad, Cuba, April, 2015 image by Michael Shess

Easily the best hotel on the island--circa 1932--Nacional de Cuba in Havana.

Cienfuegos, Cuba image by Michael Shess

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