Former Owner of a '57 Chevy
Thursday, 28 April 2016
The government also provides incentives for parenthood. New mothers can receive up to one year of maternity leave, but the last six months of that leave can be given to the fathers, allowing the mothers to return to work. Miss Nunez said that most of the men elect to go to work and leave the child care to their wives.
I checked IMDB - the Internet Movie Database - and discovered that the next movie in the "Fast and Furious" series is tentatively called "Fast 8" and will star Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood, Vin Diesel, and Kurt Russell - among others. Ethan Hawke (see yesterday's dispatch) was not listed in the cast so perhaps he is in Cuba just on vacation.
Regarding the cars, I have heard some people describe Cuba as being "frozen in time," due to the U.S. blockade of the island nation which went into effect more that fifty years ago during the Kennedy administration. The Cubans have kept - and kept up - thousands and thousands of classic American automobiles which were in use on the island at the time the blockade went into effect. As parts for the cars were needed, the inventive Cubans found ways to keep their automobiles running.. The streets of Havana and beyond out into the countryside are packed with the cars of my youth. Many are being used as privately owned taxis - especially the old convertibles. I would estimate from my own observations that at least forty-percent of the cars on the streets of Havana are American models made in the 1940's and 1950's. It's almost bumper-to-bumper nostalgia!
It's worth the price of a ticket to Cuba just to enjoy watching the old cars drive by!