The Only And Final Beer / 14ymedio
14ymedio, Havana, 30 November 2016 — For many tourists who have
experienced recent days in Cuba it has been especially difficult to
enjoy a mojito, relax with a daiquiri, or sip a beer to deal with the
heat. With the declaration of national mourning, the government has
prohibited the sale of alcoholic beverages for nine days, and also
cancelled all cultural activities and placed tight controls over music
in public and private places.
However, at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport, rum and beer are
still for sale, but only in the area beyond the security controls and
emigration booths. This Wednesday, the line at the café in Terminal 3
was longer than usual. Many wanted to once again feel “something cold
that soothes the soul” on their tongues, said a Spanish traveler.
Only inside hotels and in the restricted areas of the airport terminals
has the sale of these products been allowed. The restrictions include
the emblematic Floridita Bar, which will be closed until after the
mourning period, and the Bodeguita del Medio, which right now is empty
and sad; both are famed for the “regulars” who drank there, including
Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Ernest Hemingway, among others. “This is the
only and last beer I’ve been able to drink in Cuba,” joked the Spaniard
from Madrid, while enjoying a cold Cristal, tempting and unattainable
for those on the outside.
Source: The Only And Final Beer / 14ymedio – Translating Cuba –