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Cuba, Technically…

Posted by Heliocentrism on October 1, 2018

June 21st, 2018

After spending the first five months of the year on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand, we headed for another place known as “turtle island”. That’s right, we went to America. But as soon as we arrived, I had a pang for island life. So, we went to Cuba.

Not actual Cuba, but sort of Cuba. There is a park in Tampa whose land was donated to Cuba in 1956 and is therefore considered technically Cuban soil.

I’m not sure what would happen if a crime were committed in this park. Can I do things in the park that are legal in Cuba, but not legal in the US? Can I do things in the park that are legal in the US but not legal in Cuba?

Mark and I thought about what laws we could brake to test out this being Cuba thing. “We could smoke a Cuban cigar,” Mark offered. “That’s illegal in the US but not in Cuba.”

A nice Cuban chair that was probably made in China. Man, there are communists everywhere!

“I think it’s legal to smoke Cuban cigars in the US. It’s importing them that’s illegal.” I replied. “Do you know how to import cigars?”

Mark shook his head. Then he took out his phone and google “Cuban cigar imports”.

“That’s illegal!” I shouted.


“Using the internet in Cuba,” I said. I looked around to see if there were any officials coming for us. There were none.

I turned back to Mark who was still googling stuff on his phone. “Did you find any cigar imports?”

“Nah, I’m looking for somewhere near here that sells empanadas.”

“You know that’s not Cuban, right?”

“Don’t care. Do you want empanadas or not?” Then Mark headed passed the gate and up the street. I followed him. I love empanadas!

A Floridian Empanada

The United States of America

How to get there:

You can enter my country by land, air, or sea. But I think flight would be your transportation method of choice.

I have no clue how to get a visa to the US or who needs one. Just assume that you need one if you are not American or Canadian and check with your local US embassy.


  • Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
  • Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)






  • It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.

Jose Marti Park

Basic Information



  • free


  • Monday – Friday 8:00 to 13:30


  • You don’t need your passport since this is just technically Cuba, not actually Cuba.
  • Parking: You can find inexpensive nearby at the Fernando Noriega Jr Garage.

La Segunda Central Bakery

Basic Information




  • Saturday & Sunday – 7:00 to 15:00
  • Monday to Friday – 6:30 to 17:00


  • I highly recommend the guava and cheese turnover!


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