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.


AGB Deathbed Confession

Alexander Graham Bell (AGB) in his deathbed confession regretted of going down in history as an oppressor of the deaf, despite his good intentions. He seen the benefits of ASL but wouldn't change his mindset in fear of losing supporters of his foundation. It upset him seeing so many deaf children speaking in the classrooms but couldn't understand the lessons being taught, fallen behind their hearing peers. Once using disguise, so no one will identified him, was impressed with what he seen during a tour of ASD with Gallaudet, watching Clerc teaching a class. AGB was at a point of no return, remains stubborn in support of a lost cause. 
H. G. Wells, a good friend invited AGB, along with Thomas Edison and Henry Ford to join him on an adventure into the future in a machine he just invented. Ford never seen so many Japanese vehicles on the highways, test drive a Mustang, caught speeding, given a ticket for an expired driver's license from a century ago. Edison enjoys the view from atop Eiffel Tower in the City of Lights, Paris. H.G. Wells got an autograph from director Steven Spielberg after watching "War of the Worlds." As for AGB, he was upset over exploitation of deaf children receiving cochlear-implants, "I only want our deaf children grow up naturally like the rest of us, teaching them speech, but we recreated generations of humanoids. We may someday cure cancer and heart diseases with God given talents, but we can't reject God's creation of us in his image and we'll be accountable for it at the last judgement." AGB saw his telephone on display at the Smithsonian, and thought it's great seeing Deaf using videophones, watching closed-captions on television and surfing the Internet, beyond his imagination. Gallaudet students once thought they saw a ghost on campus that resembles AGB but dismiss it, thinking they were just hallucinations. AGB now agrees that ASL is a language in own right, and blames himself for being ignorant of Deaf culture due to his stubbornness. He wrote a bibliographical of his life, left it in a safe with the instruction that it will not be published until the year 2018, it's then we'll know the real AGB, revealing that he is fluent in ASL, asking for forgiveness and royalties donated to Deaf researchers at Gallaudet. 

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