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.



The common council held a meeting behind closed doors to discuss about the lack of tourism in Birmingham, our immediately thoughts was the Vulcan statue on top of Red Mountain as we been getting complaints about the naked butt, it's an embarrassment, akin to Lady Liberty exposing his bare breast. One legislator, a Trekkie, proposed replacing it with another Vulcan, that of Mr. Spock, the motion passed unanimously with one notable absence, a Klingon. The Vulcan is the Roman god of fire and Red Mountain is no volcano. The mayor thinks the change will aid the economic recovery of the city, bringing in the prestigious Star Trek conventions. Nimoy didn't care for the statue, figuring a star on a sidewalk in Hollywood is enough for him, but will be present during its unveiling late this fall. Shatner had a field day laughing when asked for a comment, we still waiting for it after he calm down. It will hopefully bring peace and prosperity to the city long ago torn by civil strife and poverty, as symbolized in the "V" shape, hand gesture first introduced in the original series, now closed-captioned in syndication since.

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