Queues and Bans: Musings on Cuba

The throng of tourists to Cuba disrupt society. With many locals looking to benefit from the financial rewards that tourists bring, Cuba has in some ways lost its authenticity. Cubans play up to their traditions, a gesture which must be championed, but should be taken with a pinch of salt. Fortunately, two societal stalwarts remain unmoved: the queue and the ban. These two reliable old hands have been going strong for well over 50 years, one regularly visible, the other conspicuous only in what Cuba lacks.