The breadwinner of this Deaf family been laid off, blame it on the recession. Their savings been wiped out, living on SSI and food stamps, etc. I just can't figure it out how they could afford all these things; a trip to Australia, having nice furniture and appliances, and even a new car in the garage. They told me that they go to a taping of the "Ellen" TV show everyday, as DeGeneres is very generous, especially during the twelve days before Christmas, giving away stuffs every now and then. They shown me a new toaster the audience got yesterday and asked me to stay for waffles but I wasn't hungry, leaving feeling jealous.
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.