As I sit on the soft, warm sands of Akumal, in the Yucatan of Mexico, if it’s a clear night, I should be able to see lights from Cuba as I look across the clear, aquamarine waters of the western Caribbean Sea.
It’s only a hundred miles, or so, from Cancun to the shores of Cuba. (I wonder if Sarah Palin can see there, too.)
You probably have seen the recent press proclaiming the 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution, which was lead by Fidel Castro.
For all of us Global Adventure Writers, it is not a secret that if your passport has a blue cover (and was issued by the United States of America), the closest you can legally get to celebrate this milestone is, well, sitting on the warm sands of Akumal.
Technically, you would be a few miles closer if you stayed in Cancun, but then you would probably be in one of the many wild and crazy nightclubs, partaking of Tequila Shooters and it would not be Cuba on your mind, but rather that cute coed, who you swear you saw on a Girls Gone Wild – Cancun advertisement while you were watching some travel show on T.V.
I have studied and re-studied the government regulations that would allow me to make the short flight and see what a county looks like that Starbucks and McDonalds have not yet invaded.
As of today, the closest category that would get me to Cuba, legally, would be if I could somehow convince the powers-that-be that I really was a legitimate Global Adventure Writer.
I’m just not sure that the fact that I keep saying that I am one will suffice.
Or even that I have a business card that clearly states that fact.
The next time you hear from me, it will either be from the safety of a comfy condo along the Mexican Riviera, or from me tapping out a desperate call from a cold, dark, dingy cell of a Cuban prison.
It’s not the Cuban government that would arrest me; it’s MY GOVERNMENT that would lock me up.
So, let me get this straight.
Communist Cuba would not block my visit, but the freedom-loving U.S. government would.
What is wrong with this picture?
President Obama…please put this on your To Do List.
In the meantime, I suppose I am just not quite as adventurous as I could be.