[NYTimes] Licensing Rules Slow Tours to Cuba
AS part of a newly approved “people to people” tour in Cuba last summer, a group of Americans met with 40 blind Havana residents, who welcomed them with poetry and conversation. Then, Cubans being Cubans, four of them pulled out instruments and within minutes, arms and legs were intertwined as Americans and Cubans danced with abandon in the front yard of Cuba’s National Association for the Blind.
“All 16 Americans were crying,” said Tom Popper, president of Insight Cuba, the tour operator that organized the trip. “Those are moments that only happen a few times in your life, and if you had gone to Cuba by yourself, you wouldn’t have been exposed to that.”
That sort of moment may be harder to come by in the future.