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Forbidden Fruit: Traveling Through Cuba by Motorcycle
Forbidden Fruit: Traveling Through Cuba by Motorcycle
John Deikis
For the first half of the 20th century, Cuba was known as an exotic get-a-way for wealthy Americans, mobsters, and Ernest Hemingway. This ended with the American embargo imposed by President Kennedy in 1962, eased a bit with President Obama’s “Cuban thaw” in December, 2015, only to be reimposed by the Trump administration in 2019.
During the thaw, our presenter spent a month in Cuba studying Spanish, volunteering in an after-school program, and exploring the islandon a motorcycle. What did he learn about our “forbidden neighbor”, and how can Americans again sample the spice of Cuba? Find out during this photo presentation and discussion.
John Deikis caught the travel bug working on an ocean-going ship in the 1960’s. He later spent a year wandering to the southern tip of South America, Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, the North Cape of arctic Europe, and the Cape of Good Hope in Africa.
Interrupted by an unexpected adulthood, he returned to traveling when he retired from a career as a clinical psychologist 10 years ago. His preferred mode of travel is now by motorcycle.
Lecture Type : Afternoons with OLLI      
Lecture Date : 11/17/2021      
Program Year : 2021-22      
Term : Fall      
Fee : $10.00