Nassau, That Magical City

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She climbs the stairs of the plane, in her handbag she carries glasses, a bit of a sandwich she couldn’t finish eating, and the passport that identifies her as a Spanish citizen. But it is not yet the time to show it. While in Cuban territory she can only show the other one, the blue one with its shield of the solitary palm, where it declares she was born in Havana. She has already gone through customs, gracefully passed by the official who checked her permission to leave, and has paid, reluctantly, the excessive airport tax. The loudspeakers announce that her plane is leaving for the Bahamas and she knows she is about to experience a transformation. She doesn’t even listen when the flight attendant welcomes her aboard, nor notice the lit signal that alerts her to her seatbelt. Her mind is concentrated on the stripping of one citizenship and the assumption of another, shaking off the fence of insularity to feel part of the world.

Like her, many other compatriots take a flight to Nassau with the intention of using their Spanish nationality. They leave Cuba showing a national ID, and land on the island of New Providence presenting their other identity as members of the European Union. The transformation occurs in the air, in the miles that separate the Antilles from the Bahamas, in that strip of blue that separates the two archipelagos. Doing this will allow them to enter the territory of the United States without a visa, avoiding the suspicious looks at the checkpoints where they arrive. Lynden Pindling International Airport is the place of metamorphosis, the place to assert the dual nationality that is not recognized in their own country.

And later comes the moment of return. Of experiencing the mutation again, but in reverse. The plan lands at Terminal 5 in our capital, family members keep their eyes peeled, searching for the new arrival. A customs official reels off the questions, while they send her through a room to have her luggage minutely searched. At the bottom of her handbag rests her Spanish passport, that red-covered booklet she saves to return to Nassau some day. To that magical island where, unlike Alice’s mirror, the world is not reflected in reverse, but to the right.

421 thoughts on “Nassau, That Magical City

  1. Damir has now taken over this site.

    No longer is the lies and propaganda made in cia and nazist gulag usa the main subject here.

    Damir is.

    Damir has won.

    And I haven’t even warmed up yet!!!

  2. As we’ve gone over, Dr. Damir, you don’t need a “permanent residency” to live full time in Cuba. Your Canadian Marxist buddy can live permanently in Cuba on a renewable temporary residency, or stringing together 6 month tourist visas.

    Oh really, you have to stay “out for a while”. And how much is that “a while” professor, let’s see, about 1 second.

    And you conveniently left out temporary residencies, easy to get, and renewable inside Cuba.

    And contrary to all the propaganda, while he’s on his temporary residency he can apply for a permanent residency, which is really easy to get after a few years even if you don’t marry a Cuban. You just have to beg enough and bribe a few people, but they’ll let him know that when he moves there.

    Absolutely any dimwit can live in Cuba permanently, and do so easily.

    You too can live there permanently, but I notice you prefer capitalism, like over 99% of Marxists.

  3. And only a mo&&&n, like helpless, freedomfree shackles, humpertito of sheep and alike mentally deranged sewage-based individuals think that Damir likes Fidel.

    Damir doesn’t, and has tried to make THAT clear many a time, but for those brainwashed losers nothing outside of their daily dose of shift from cia and nazist gulag government goes through.

    But, it’s the traitors and shift lickers are what really disgust me.

    The cowards that run to the big bully and lick his butt clean while begging him to come and kill half of their own people and install them on the throne!!

    Now, THAT is what I really dislike.

    It’s like, fully sick.

  4. All I can see is: cre**s…

    To LIVE in CUBA you MUST have a PERMANENT residency.

    You CAN visit as a tourist and practically live there for 6 months in a go. But then you MUST leave and stay OUT for a while.

    That is NOT LIVING in Cuba. That is pioneer’s bullshift.

    But then, what is new there?

  5. Damir (TEAM FIDEL) = zero,

    Team Yoani = wins

    LIFE in Cuba is Hell unless you are from the ruling class or a tourist. I hope the POPE can experience what the Cubans have endured for the last 52 years. The Cuban people need to unite and express themselves to the worlds media who are now in Cuba documenting the Vaticans visit.

  6. As we’ve gone over, Dr. Damir, you don’t need a “permanent residency” to live full time in Cuba. Your Canadian Marxist buddy can live permanently in Cuba on a renewable temporary residency, or stringing together 6 month tourist visas.

    Absolutely any dimwit can live in Cuba permanently.

    You too can live there permanently, but I notice you prefer capitalism, like over 99% of Marxists.

  7. Only a cre**n doesn’t know that it is very difficult to get a permanent residency in Cuba.

    And only a cr**n would use his/her ignorance to make a st**d point that only reveals the enormity of his/her st**d**y.

    But, then, what else to expect from mo***s who “know” that only Melbourne is 10 hours in front of London…

    And “only” because it is in the other hemisphere!!!

    Is that telling us enough about the team “yoani” and their support pioneers’ brigade?

    Not only enough, too much.

  8. Why don’t Marxists allow Cubans to vote and be the judge of how much “Castro has done for them”?

    What are Marxists afraid of?

  9. Cuba Libre (La MENTIROTA & HOMOPHOBE & CASTROBOOTLICKER!) said: “It`s like allowing the Ku Klux Klan all dressed in their white gowns and caps into a church to attend mass, and then allow them to walk and protest in the streets. Rest assured they too would get arrested.
    If the “Ladies in White” wanna demonstrate their differences with the Cuban government, let them do it, but why use the church to obtain attention.”

    LOVE THIS ONE! JE JE JE! “Lo sappiamo tutti che gli topi piaciono molto a gli gatti, lol. How you like my italian compare Humberto (il ciber topolino)?”

    C.L.! SPOKENT LIKE A TRUE FASCIST, DEFAMOR & CHUSMA!! AND YOU ARE SOO CLUELESS USING GOOGLE TRANSLATOR! JE JE JE! YOU DONT EVEN KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MOUSE AND A RAT, MUCH LESS A COMPUTER MOUSE! JE JE JE!

    Topolino, (from the Italian name for Mickey Mouse) is an Italian digest-sized comic series featuring Disney comics. The series has had a long running history, first appearing in 1932. It is currently published by Disney Italia.

    Ratto is an Italian equivalent of ‘rat’. It’s a masculine gender noun that takes as its definite article ‘il’ [‘the’] and as its indefinite article ‘uno’ [‘a, one’]. It’s pronounced ‘RAHT-toh’.

  10. Still the show in the world scene goes on so watch the final act of the old show…the long tragedy-comedy which soon will finish…but will Castro be there to se it? MAYBE…

  11. In history weso not jus Castros and Che,Stalin,Mao,Hitler,etc but allmost all the big boys were somehow connected with the Churchs many universal organizations,groups who were like all colors of the Rainbow,the rainbow of the Old Light until the new light comes…than all the colors of the rainbow fade or are gone and become one,faded into the darkness…And the God says; Let there be Light again.History repeat itself…as the Begining so is the end which is a New Begining

  12. Yes,ladies who are arrested scared the church of any scandal when the holy pope is there so church ordered maybe her boys Castros…to put the holy ladies in jail for 1-2 weeks…It looks bad but the Church does not like any scandal to happen when it is performin her ceremenies. If Church order her boys…Castros to free all men from jails and the other boys of Church in USA,to lift embargo,of course the boys will do what is told to them…because they came out the Church and they will serve and go back to her….because Universalist means all directions like sun rays,spears

  13. 367Cuba Libre

    Marzo 18th, 2012 at 22:10
    Quote “In 1962, President Kennedy instituted a full embargo of Cuba
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    Almost every intelligence analyst agree nowadays the embargo of USA to Castrofascism was just a stratagem to drive the USSR to supply Cuba with $5000.000.000 yearly (just enough to make any embargo inefficient), to supply Cuba with all needed, wood, cement, paper, iron, food, weapons, oil, etc……. the objective of the stratagem was to make USSR spend more resources than it could and drive it economical exhaust as finally happened. Everyone agrees about the faked incompatibility of policies between Eisenhower and Kennedy administration, the first raising castro to power the second trying to bring him down. The fake Kennedy policy dived up when Pig’s bay “invasion”, Kennedy never gave the order to back Cuban invaders and made American troops await until Cubans in land run out of ammunitions and were captured by castro’s forces…… today everyone knows this was a faked invasion planed to lure USSR into the expensive castro affair. Castro by his side helped USA to destabilize Latin-America and Africa so USA could easily get these countries capitals both financial and human. USA always lifted the embargo anytime castrofascism needed something; USA jailed any Cuban trying to wage war on castro in USA. Both countries have maintained a friendly enemy status, the enemy side only played verbally while the friendly side always played underground. Castro delivered to USA all major Cuban industries USA ever dreamed to have in his poor and underdeveloped South and Castro receiving immunity for all crimes he committed in Cuba and along the world. So, the embargo never existed in reality, what really existed was a huge soviet subsides to castrofascism that could help any other country receiving it to become the industrialists and richest country in the world……… Europe with much less money rose twice from destruction to welfare after WWI and WWII.

  14. 365Humberto Capiro (El Cibergues@)

    Marzo 18th, 2012 at 21:11
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    Thank bro……but you still the #1 !!!!!!!

  15. # 394 Negro Gato,
    I don`t know if your post was intentional or by mistake but I totally agree with you, at least on this post, lol.
    “HUMBERTO, U R MOST “IMPOTENT” POSTER ON THIS BLOG. I SALUTE U.”

    Lo sappiamo tutti che gli topi piaciono molto a gli gatti, lol. How you like my italian compare Humberto (il ciber topolino)?

  16. # 381 Humberto (El Ciber Rata),
    We all know that the “Ladies in White” is a movement started by and backed by Americans in Miami. There sole purpose is to provoke and then whine about their fate. It is ok to protest, but to use the church as a means to attract attention on them I do not agree.
    It`s like allowing the Ku Klux Klan all dressed in their white gowns and caps into a church to attend mass, and then allow them to walk and protest in the streets. Rest assured they too would get arrested.
    If the “Ladies in White” wanna demonstrate their differences with the Cuban government, let them do it, but why use the church to obtain attention.

  17. Cubans have starved enough,so they should exchange with the Florida’s Cubans who should go to rebuild Cuba and than they can return or stay there…but all the people in the jails must be free,because the island is like a jail,so there should not be jails at all…Castro should be the spiritual leader,the new pope for USA

  18. To fix Cuba’s crisis there is only one solution; the building of a long bridge from Cuba to Florida Keys so Cuban buses and old cars can arrive to USA in 1-2 hrs. Chinese should build now the bridge and unite the two countriesas one so Castro becomes also American citizen and run for president of NAU…or a pope for the west. Can we have more than one pope?Why not?…

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