Although Americans tourists are banned from entering the country, I went under the journalism category.
It's only an hour flight, Cuban visa can be bought during check-in at the airline counter before departure, just don't forget your passport. I exchanged dollars into their convertible  (CUC) pesos upon arrival. I stayed at an hostel next to the baseball stadium. I focused on videotaping their culture alone rather than being somewhat biased traveling group with their hectic schedule. One day took a Soviet era Lada taxi to outskirts of Havana to visit a Deaf school. They asked me what we Deaf Americans do with our obsolete TTY as we are using VP nowadays, hopefully some organizations will donate those equipment. I felt like was blasted into the past, surrounded by all those vintage automobiles.



Victoria Arlen, a teen paralyzed swimmer that set a world record disqualified from participation in the Montreal Paralympics because she has hope of being able to walk again someday with treatment in the future.  It doesn't make any sense to me, of their rules that one must be permanently disabled to participate in these events. It's like a Deaf athlete being disqualified to participate in the Deaflympics if he is planning on having a cochlear-implant procedure in the future. Enjoy our life at the moment, forget the past and not worry about the future, accept us as who we are today!

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