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Cuba > Expat Experiences


Conner Gorry, Havana

Monday November 28, 2011 (10:03:42)
Conner Gorry

I'm Conner Gorry, journalist, freelance writer and cultural interpreter. I moved to Havana Cuba, April 2002, for love and other complex reasons.

What challenges did I face during the move? If you've never been to Cuba you really can't imagine. I hate it when people say blanket things like that, but in this case, it's too true.

I had to bring almost everything here - squirreled away in my luggage - since there is no commercial cargo between the US and Cuba. There was the time a bottle of olive oil exploded inside my luggage with all my office supplies. Over the years, all my computer supplies had to be hand carried in (including a printer!). For the first couple of years, our apartment had no phone (and the neighborhood was a "dead zone" so not possible to install one). I'm sure it will be hard for your readers to imagine living somewhere with no phone or Internet access. One personal hardship is living without hot water - we went about six years without.    more ...