Celebrating the return of flights to Cuba

November 08, 2011

I was elated to read your article about the new charter flights to Cuba ("BWI flights to Cuba to start in March," Nov. 5). I left Cuba in 1997 which I was 9, which officially makes me a "Castro's daughter" – the term Cuban-Americans use to describe those who left long after the revolution.

That being said, I don't share the views of those who lament any thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba. For me, the Cold War is over, the Eastern bloc and the Soviets are gone, and now it's time to focus on our little island and its wonderful people who have been isolated much too long.

That is why as far as I'm concerned the more religious groups, journalists and students who board those charter flights the better.

My advice for new arrivals in Havana: Talk to the locals, taste their food, dance to their drums and enjoy everything they have offer. Don't be afraid of getting sick during your stay, you will be in the hands of the most caring and knowledgeable doctors.

And don't be afraid of losing your way on the streets. Cubans will not only point you in the right direction but take you there themselves and make you laugh along the way.

Martha Maylen Kraak, Baltimore

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