I just got back from Cuba on a people-to-people license. It was an amazing experience–particularly eye-opening given the echo chamber in South Florida from the Cuban exile community. I’ll be back to regular blogging next week. In the interim, I leave with this quick story:
My wife and I were headed from the Vedado neighborhood to the Hotel Nacional. We got in the cab and struck up a conversation with the driver, who was very friendly. He asked us what we did, and we replied that we are both lawyers. “Me too!” he exclaimed.
(In Cuba, there is a growing economic divergence between government jobs, e.g., attorneys, which are paid in “la moneda”, and tourism-related jobs, e.g., cabbies, which are paid in the newish “convertibles” or CUC’s / “kooks” and are worth about 25 times as much as their counterpart. In short, it’s more lucrative to be a cabbie in Havana than an attorney. I expect that to change when relations are normalized and travel and commerce are unrestricted. At that time, businesses will require legal expertise to deal with expanding commercial requirements.)