Journal entry – Thursday, October 18, 2012
This morning we left the resort and headed to a city known as the Pearl of the South called Cienfuegos. It was a very beautiful town and the buildings were in much better condition than all the other cities we have visited so far. It is located on the water in the south. When we arrived, we walked through the town and we into different shops to see the prices of items.
We then went into a museum of sorts where a choir performed for us. They sang beautifully. We found out later that they had just returned from Paris, where they won an award. And we also learned that they come home with three less singers – they defected and hadn’t been found yet. I can understand why.
We walked across the street to see a theatre that was built in 1889. It was lovely.
On our three-hour trip back to Havana, we learned some more about the lifestyle in Cuba. We learned a little about their healthcare system.
The healthcare system is free in Cuba. They have places called the Doctor’s Family House, where they go for a doctor visit. Here is one we passed by on our trip:
The doctor sees the patients on the lower level and lives on the upper level, that way they have access to a doctor 24 hours a day.
If you need to see a specialist, you most likely will have to make a trip to the hospital, unless the specialist is making a visit to your local Doctor’s House that day.
Cubans do have to pay for their medications.
Dentist visits are also free, but are very hard to get an appointment.
Abortion is legal. Middle school students are taught about sex education which includes how to use condoms.
They get their medical supplies mainly from Canada, Mexico, Venezuela and China.
Homes in Cuba
Everywhere I looked, the bulidings were crumbling. It makes the city and country look very, very poor. Here are some random pictures of neighborhoods: