As the relationship between Cuba and the United States changes, Americans are discovering a new fascination with this long-embargoed Atlantic neighbor. It's been five decades or so; but at long last, the U.S. government has decided that the Cuban Embargo isn't going to crush Communism in the Western Hemisphere.
True also is that, as stupid as cutting Cuba off from American trade may have been, it's had the unexpected side effect of creating a bizarrely wonderful kind of pocket universe. A place where cab drivers drop tourists off at cantinas in 1957 Studebakers. Where you won't find a Coke, but you will find free penis enlargement. Where hummingbirds can land on your thumb, and where you won't find much Wifi - but you will find that 98% of the population can quote Hemingway on demand. True, there aren't many boats on the water; but under that water lay pristine coral reefs the envy of anyone else in the civilized world.Nobody really knows what kind of wonders will open to America, now that we're back on speaking terms with Havana. But one thing's for sure: In this little pocket universe, this consumerism and pollution-free Galapagos of social evolution, this tiny piece of parallel reality called Cuba, which split off from our own reality some 50 years ago... there's a whole world of wonders, now waiting to be found.