“The people of Cuba have always been friendly”

Barack Obama’s visit, the Rolling Stones concert and the Tampa Bay Rays baseball game, are currently topics of discussion in the streets of Havana. Whether in a taxi, gathered at work, taking the kids to school, or in the queue to buy bread, there, where you least expect it, you find talk of the U.S. President, the British musicians or the Major League Baseball team.

The spacious corridors of the Hotel Meliá Habana do not escape the enthusiasm that pervades this March.

From the U.S. city of San Francisco, Gres Massialas thinks it’s wonderful that Obama is coming, as Cuba is a neighbor of the United States. “I’ve come to Cuba about twelve times since my first trip in 1991, and I know the people of Cuba have always been friendly. Unfortunately, many Americans have not been able to come, but I hope that will change.”

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