Cuban shops as a mirror of the socialist revolution
• Cuban shops as a mirror of the socialist revolution
Writes Eugene Buzuk: "I am not casually chosen title, descended from the editorial" Truth "of twenty years ago. At about the time it stopped on the island of freedom. And this fact could not be better illustrated by the Cuban stores - primarily shopping for happy Cuban citizens for many years to build on the homeland of socialism ".
But to start is to make a digression. Many of you know (but many do not know) that Cuba has two currencies in circulation - are calculated convertible pesos (they are "cookies" - by reducing CUC) the locals are satisfied with simple Peso (1USD = 30 pesos), the citizens of the rest of the free world. Technically, cookies are tied to the dollar, but the exchange of hostile American money with you to be sure to take a commission - 10% and in a particularly brazen hotels and all 20%. So it is more profitable to change the Euro. Have access to the cookies and those Cubans who are fortunate enough to have the attitude to tourists - the main source of hard currency on the island.
As a consequence of the two currencies - the two types of prices, in the ordinary and convertible pesos. The first is most often denoted by a dollar sign, but with a vertical line, the second - two. For ordinary pesos you can buy fruit, vegetables, bread, meat, and so on. N. They pay in the markets and in the "cafe" for local (but they are at other times).
Shops, which sell for pesos evoke bad memories of the nineties - the queue for scarce commodity (and in short supply almost all), coupons for salt and oil, food stamps and eerie kind of interiors.
In these stores you will not find tourists, but you can easily change for large bills (if you have non-convertible pesos), including the famous coin with Che Guevara, three pesos.
Typically, sellers are friendly and willing to communicate with a few foreigners. A level of patriotism just rolls - around portraits of national heroes duhopodemnye slogans.
In Havana you can find not only the small shops, where they sell for pesos, but the similarity of our grocery stores. Staff at them much more nervous and shoot does not allow. Interiors - greetings from the eighties. Range roughly from the same place.
For cookies, you can buy imported goods. E. Almost all. But prices are unpleasantly surprised. Household appliances worth a half to two times more expensive than in Europe. Products about as much as we do. Ordinary Cubans who do not have income in cookies, do nothing in these stores.
There are in Cuba and the usual tourist shops -.. Brand clothing, accessories, etc. Interest in them is small, so just pass by.
And a couple of words about the markets - they are very picturesque, the prices are moderate, but sellers are not very excited tourists. There is to go very nostalgic for the scoop and thirsty exotic. And that, and other bulk.
I would like to finish on the safety reminder. Many tourists are afraid of pickpockets and beggars. They really are. But in my experience, there are many more in tourist areas. In the quarters for the local where it seemed much nicer and quieter.