No Shoes on the Fishermen February 23, 2001
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Posted: February 23, 2001
No Shoes on the Fishermen
La Esperanza, Cuba
022 46.7 N 083 44.0 W
February 23, 2001
By Douglas Bernon
This fisherman no longer spoke with sounds. Cancer had eaten away his voice box, and the white, gauze pad that covered the hole in his throat was held in position by an ascot-like band that circled his neck. He could whisper a little if he put his hand over the hole, but that hurt. Yet, he made himself clear.
Hopping, strutting, jumping, pirouetting, imitating fish with graceful hand gestures, stretching a seemingly rubber face into the most elastic and precise expressions, he played hi...... Read More

And The Beat Goes On February 16, 2001
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Posted: February 16, 2001
And The Beat Goes On
Archipiélago De Los Colorados Y De Santa Isabel, Cuba
February 16, 2001
By Bernadette Bernon
This morning, at around 8:20, I sat in the cockpit with a cup of tea, and noticed something in the distance. Through the binoculars, I could make out two makeshift rafts, each rowed by three young Cuban men, steadily making their way toward Ithaka, which is anchored behind a tropical island about three miles from Pinar del Rio, on the northwestern mainland of Cuba. As they came closer into view, I stared at the rafts, which were each made from two inner tubes of old trac...... Read More

In Our Hearts, We Are Brothers. Welcome t
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Posted: February 09, 2001
"In Our Hearts, We Are Brothers. Welcome to Cuba"
Archipiélago De Los Colorados Y De Santa Isabel, Cuba
February 9, 2001
By Douglas Bernon
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The Provisioning Fandango February 2, 2001
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Posted: February 02, 2001
The Provisioning Fandango
February 2, 2001
By Bernadette Bernon
During our last few days in the United States, as we prepared to leave for Latin America, the subject of meals, food and provisioning began to play an even more prominent role in our daily conversations than it usually does. Every day that we had access to a town along the Florida Keys–starting with the Cuban markets at Key Biscayne and the tony Coconut Grove, then funky Marathon, and finally the somewhat gaudy tourist hive of Key West–Douglas would set off with lists of last-minute spare parts and supplies we needed...... Read More

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