In 1989 the collapse of the Soviet
meant Cuba lost about 80% of its trade and in 1992 the US
its trade embargo so Cuba stumbled into the 'Special Period'. At
times all people had to live on was sugar and water. Rumours or
stories include CDR meetings being called to stop people eating
neighbourhood cats and dogs to street vendors using melted
instead of cheese on pizzas.
Those with money can buy very cheap
cake and pizza; many are not exactly slim.
This really was a kitchen utensil shop
Salsa bands are everywhere
all Cubans seem to be born salsa dancing. There are no advertisements/billboards anywhere. TV is just a few channels with no ads. Portrayal of US life is oftendepressive. Most programmes are about local life. A favourite pastime is just to look out of the window although proper glass may be missing.
Cubans regularly buy fresh flowers from any one of a number of street vendors.