Alojamiento: Casa Particular

Luego de llegar al aeropuerto de La Habana nos dirigimos a la Habana Central en donde nos hospedaremos por las próximas dos noches en la casa particular de Orlandito y Yelen. Como muchos saben el sistema político de Cuba es algo parecido al socialismo pero con ideales comunistas. Esto significa que la acumulación de bienes es literalmente ilegal en Cuba ya que todos son “iguales” con excepción de los jefes de gobierno claro está. Hace unos años atrás, 2005, desde que Raul Castro tomó las riendas del gobierno de su hermano Fidel, las leyes y restricciones dirigidas hacia los cubanos han ido cambiando.

La falta de trabajo, materia prima y dinero son problemas fundamentales que afectan la pobre economía cubana. En respuesta a esto el gobierno ha establecido esfuerzos para fomentar el turismo y levantar la economía, dando nacimiento a las casas particulares. Una casa particular es un hogar cubano en donde los propietarios de las casas te invitan a quedarse en su casa y la utilizan como una especie de hotel. Todo cubano puede ofrecer su casa e inscribirla como casa particular pero debe rendir impuestos por las ganancias adquiridas a través de la renta de su hogar a los turistas que la visitan. Las casas particulares están identificadas por un símbolo azul en forma de ancla que divisa cuales ofrecen servicios de hospedaje.

Es un sistema un poco rudimentario pero veremos a ver como nos va, Buenas Noches!

-Gerardo


[English Translation by Andrea]

After arriving at the Havana airport we were on our way to La Habana Central where we were staying for the first two nights at the casa particular of Orlandito y Yelen. As many know, the political system in Cuba is something similar to socialism, but with communist ideals. This means that the accumulation of wealth is literally illegal in Cuba because all people are considered “equal”, with the obvious exception of the head of government. A few years ago in 2005, when Raul Castro took over the government reins from his brother Fidel, the laws and restrictions that applied to Cubans have begun to change.

The lack of labor, materials and money are fundamental problems that affect the small Cuban economy. In response to this the government has begun to make an effort to support tourism and boost the economy, giving birth to casas particulares. A casa particular is a private Cuban home in which the owners invite you to stay in their house and use it as a hotel. All Cubans can offer their home and register it as a casa particular, but they must pay taxes on their earnings acquired through renting their home to tourists that are visiting.The casas particulares are identified by a blue, anchor-shaped symbol that means the house offers hospitality services.

It is a system that is a bit rudimentary, but we will see how it goes. Buenas Noches!

-Gerardo

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