Cuba's Bahia de CabañasI reached Cancun yesterday after a trip to Cuba. I had a long layover in Cancun, so I left the airport and went downtown. While passing by some of the gleaming resorts in Cancun's hotel zone, I couldn't help but think just how little development has taken place in Havana. I had that on my mind as I wandered through a market catering to tourists. A woman asked, "Want to see my shop?"
"Sure," I said, and I followed the woman to her stall, stocked with the usual t-shirts, Aztec calendars and Mexican silver. I had only been there for a minute or so and the woman pretended to inhale a cigarette and asked, "Hey, do you smoke? Want to buy some weed?" I told her I no, but that didn't stop her. "How about coke?" she asked. "Don't you want some coke?" I just shook my head and got out of there.
Cuba's Port of MarielNo place is perfect. Cancun has stunning wealth and development, but drugs and violence, too. Havana's economy is in terrible shape, but it's still pretty rare to hear someone offering drugs to tourists.
Mexico's Caribbean coastline