To put the disparity in Cuba into perspective, as a result of the embargo, they have had to reverse engineer parts of their '59 Chevys in order to keep them running, since they can't get new parts or new cars.
I once heard a story from my friend who lived there. He told me, "You rarely see red meat here. Killing a cow could potentially get you a life sentence in jail, because the prolonged sustenance of the milk is of such great value.
"I was once on a train that accidentally hit a cow," he continued, "and, since it had just died, the meat was free game. Every passenger was there on the tracks with whatever tool they hadfinger nail clippers, machetes, rocks, sharp sticks...anythingflaying off pieces of meat for future meals, before clearing the tracks."
In a climate of such want, it would seem kind of trite to complain of boards, but it's a legitimate concern when you love skating as much of some of us do. It's a great escape to many, despite our ability to overlook it in our privileged lives. To lack the hardware and board to keep your passion going, makes a trip like Nieratko and company's clandestine jaunt to Cuba is of vital importance.
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