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The Cuban government announced today that it will allow its citizens to freely visit other countries for the first time in over a half century.

The Cuban government announced today that, beginning January 13, 2013, it will allow its citizens to freely visit other countries for the first time in over a half century.

This quiet announcement reminds me of what happened in East Germany in 1991. The government then made a quiet announcement saying it would allow travel outside its country, and within days the Berlin Wall was literally being torn down by its citizens. Shortly thereafter East Germany ceased to exist, absorbed into Germany itself, and the communist bloc fell apart.

Hopefully, we shall see the same thing happen to the Cuban dictatorship.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • This announcement has just one serious consequence… Hot Cuban girls gone wild!

  • Rodney

    The big events of 1989 started with Hungary removing its fence. Thousands of vacationing East Germans took to their heels to West Germany. Like water through a dam fissure, it all came apart quite quickly after that

  • Yes they will work as long as you have the right plug adapter and cevoertnr for your appliances. Cuba’s electricity is 110 volts, 60Hz, but most hotels and resorts have 220 volts. Electrical outlets take flat plug prongs.Be sure to take the right adapters for the right appliances. If I’m not mistaken, an adapter for a cellphone, PDAs, chargers may be different than for a curling iron.As for currency, it is better to take CAD dollars as opposed to US funds. If you convert US to CUC, there will be a 10% charge CAD will not incur a charge.Visa and Mastercard and CAD travellers cheques are accepted no American Express (or any other credit card or travellers cheques from a US financial institution.)If you choose to book trips on your credit card, it will be charged in US dollars. Tipping in CUC is preferrable. If you ever need to tip in CAD dollars (especially if you didn’t have a chance to change your money as soon as you landed), just remember the loonies, toonies and other coin are of no use for them. They can’t use them bills work for them .and not out of greed or expectation, but they would have difficulty exchanging it for themselves.Don’t change all your money all at once. Change as you need it is advisable to change your money back to CAD coming back home since CUC have no value outside of Cuba.Have a beautiful time in Cuba! Be prepared to not want to come back home lol for sure you’ll go back soon after.

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