Rule #3: Sex is not free, but prices are negotiable.In a country where health care and education are free and basic produce is covered by a ration card, wages are very low.As I tried to avoid eye contact with the errant gonad I realised that this guy, with his swagger and dangle, understood Cuba far better than I did.I was the one struggling to make sense of the place. When I went to Cuba, I didn’t know that everyone went there to get laid.
Even if I hadn’t come to Cuba to get laid, Cuba clearly wanted me to get as laid as possible as fast as possible.
In theory everyone has what they need to survive, but no one has much spare change for entertainment, or a varied diet, or anything else to make life a little more comfortable or interesting.
Going out with a foreigner is one of the few ways a young Cuban is going to have some fun on a Saturday night.
By day the Cuban girls batted their eyes, smiled and waved at me or blew kisses to me. If I sat on a bench, a girl quickly appeared at the other end of it.
By night they hissed from the shadows or yowled out from street corners. Even standing before a Santería shrine, an attendant was sure I needed a date for the night.
So a guy gets talking to a girl (although there’s every possibility it is she who initiated the conversation).