Sirens. Security alarms. Sales pitches: “Taxi? Good restaurant! Best music CD? My art studio?”
These are the new sounds of Havana, Cuba.
This is my sixth time in Cuba–I am here on vacation; this year, I hear and see change.
It is almost 55 years since Cuba became a socialist country. In Cuba, socialism means that each Cuban has the same rights, the same salary and the same education as everyone else in the country.
Fidel Castro, former President of Cuba, brought socialism to the country in 1959 when he and his rebel forces took over the government. Now Cubans receive free education, free health care and most jobs have been protected by the government.
But the Cuban government is running out of money to pay for everything.
Things have to change.