Jan 8, 2007, 9:27 AM
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One of our nieces and her husband, and their children, her husbands’ brother and wife, and their children just returned from a one month Christmas vacation to Orlando, Florida. They frequently vacation in The United States; it is their favored foreign vacation and shopping destination.
Re: [jennifer rose] Where do Mexicans vacation?
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Most of the members of my wife’s Mexican family that take foreign vacations or trips go to The United States, or Canada. Many members of her family are citizens of those two countries, either by birth, or naturalization. Having a place to stay as a non-paying guest probably influences their choice of destinations.
One of her uncles in Canada had to flee for his life during the dirty war in Mexico. After living in several European, and South American Countries, he ended up in the French speaking area of Canada and loves it there. A sister joined him there after a few years, she is married to a man from Romania, and he is married to a lady from somewhere in Latin America.
When we have a large family gathering, it’s kind of like the tower of Babel, 4 or 5 different languages will be heard being spoken.
One of my wife’s aunts is the widow of a Cuban diplomat. She receives a generous pension from the Cuban government. She owns and lives in a luxurious apartment in Mexico City. The Cuban government also maintains and staffs an apartment for her in Havana. Communism is very rewarding, but not for the common people.
Several family members have gone on vacations to Cuba. All of them that have gone there say that they will never go back. Being native Spanish speakers, they all became aware of things that would fly right over the heads of the average English speaking tourist there, particularly the great number of secret police in the resort, and beach areas.
The secret police are not there to spy on the tourists, but to monitor the hotel, and wait staff serving them, and to keep any common Cuban citizen from talking to them. If anyone that has gone to Cuba noticed an unusual number of unaccompanied young men strolling the beaches, or standing near, and within earshot of dining tables, you have seen what a secret policeman looks like.
Cuba is out as a destination for our family.
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