not that I think I know more than any of you but I'm impressed with some of the posts here, right on the money. As a someone who lived half of my life in Cuba I can tell you it's a unique experience to be raised there. Even with all the communist crap we had to put up with I saw/did so many things there, never would have done anywhere else. Otherwise here I would have been a stay at home nintendo playing kid who never appreciated things and never gotten a tan either and when I grew older I could have been some clueless beavis and butthead type of individual like Airdude66
However, I can personally tell you Americans are liked in Cuba more than anywhere else in the world (and yes this is not an exaggeration) and unrelated, but saying the cubans in south florida are a small minority is like trying to block the sun with 1 finger. Bush does this because he knows he would have lost badly in Florida to Al Gore hadn't it been for the miami cubans who vote mostly Republican. Lets just say we would be having the "inventor of the internet" as president right now..
I swore everything from USA was perfect. Best cars, best planes (still think so), best people etc. I really had to leave before I got my parents in trouble, if for example I said what I really thought. Back then talking bad about the Revolution & the Soviet Union, and saying good things about the US, could cost someone his/her job. Still today, free speech can land you in jail for a long time, if you are a Cuban living there.
Realistically however, I came to know a few norteamericanos when I got here who are far from perfect. Especially folks who arent well educated and are not very cultured. A far cry from the typical European and yes believe it or not some people in Latin America. Even so, Americans are very open minded people who welcome all types of culture and it hurts me when other people envy and say bs about the United States. All in all, America is still is the best place, period
As far as spotting, I remember seeing some old interesting aircraft @ Havana's Jose Marti like, TU154, Il62s, Il18s, Yak40s, An24/26. Aerocaribbean, Cubana, Aeroflot, Iberia, Vasp,TAAG angola all regulars back in the 80s. Also, back then only Jose Marti in Havana got any real jet/international traffic, now you can fly to about 5 or 6 different airports that have been turned into international operations. There were no frequent charter flights by US majors back then, and as a matter of fact you would be put in jail for having US dollars in your possession.. how ironic, now if you dont have American dollars, is almost impossible to get by "resolviendo" daily.
If it was less costly for me I would go to Cuba and have a blast (like 2 of my friends are doing this week), spot, dive, see nature, old friends, go to a place where time has stood still for 40 years.
However due to politics I'm still considered a citizen of Cuba even if I'm an American citizen here) so it's just too expensive to go there now. Airfare/visa/passport, etc will run into the $700 dollar range which is ridiculous really, but one day I'll be back, no matter if it's Delta, AA
, even air tran