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.


Cash Cab

There is a Deaf couple that hailed down a cab in Manhattan that happens to be the "Cash Cab," a popular cable program where the driver gives out cash if you answered the trivia questions correctly. At first, the producers offered them a free ride to their destination but the Deaf couple declined the offer, willing to participate, while texting to cancel their dinner reservation. Taping were delayed to await the arrival of an interpreter. It was agreed on the spot that there will be no questions related to music, so to be fair. If the interpreter is uncertified, I guarantee you won't win as much money.  Will the interpreter demand her share? If you get three strikes, you are left out in the cold but interpreter still gets paid regardless of the outcome. Anyway, the Deaf couple was stuck in heavy rush hour traffic, meaning more red light bonuses, earning as much as they can en route to a popular Italian restaurant at the edge of town. Deaf were able to answer all the questions correctly without shout outs nor texting a friend. They won a few thousands, enough to put down a deposit on a new car. Actually bought two for themselves, after doubling their money. The cash cab will be returning for another season, check your local cable listing.

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