By Ray Dunaway

The lifting of restrictions on U.S. trade with Cuba is already bearing fruit for the beleaguered citizens of that island nation.

Several days ago, it was announced that starting shortly, Cubans will have access to Netflix for a fee of 8 dollars a month.  Seeing as how the average Cubano makes about 20 bucks or so a month, that does put a sizeable dent in disposable income, but even so, “folks” will get a chance to at last meet the Underwoods.

But according to TripAdvisor.com, it’s really not that bad because all Cubans get housing, healthcare, and food, at no personal cost. That 20 bucks then, is just walking around money, sort of like an allowance from your parents when you’re living with them.

Check it out:

Free housing!

Photo Credit: Spencer Platt/ Getty Images News

Photo Credit: Spencer Platt/ Getty Images News

Free groceries!

(Photo credit: ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

And of course, free healthcare!

(Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

Wait! Come back! Now in addition to all the free stuff, you get Netflix!

(Photo by Gregory Ewald/ U.S. Coast Guard/ Getty Images)

(Photo by Gregory Ewald/ U.S. Coast Guard/ Getty Images)

To be fair, though, there are good sides to life in Cuba, and so, may I recommend a book, Mi Moto Fidel, written by Christopher Baker who motorcycled for 3 months around the island.

A great read.

If you can’t find it in your local bookstore, you can buy it (where else?) on Amazon.

 

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