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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.

“What?”

“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.

Phone:

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

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

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

Jose Marti Park

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • free

Hours:

  • Monday – Friday 8:00 to 13:30

Notes:

  • 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

Website:

Cost:

Hours:

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

Notes:

  • I highly recommend the guava and cheese turnover!

Maps

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Blinded Me With Science

Posted by Heliocentrism on August 8, 2010

July 21, 2010

All Pictures

My uncle proving that heights are no big deal

Blinded Me With Science

My uncle Mike is a cool guy. He’s very easy going. He’s the husband of my mother’s sister, my aunt Audrey. When we finally got to Tampa, my mother and her sister didn’t want to do anything. My uncle Mike on the other hand, was willing to do whatever.

Mark needed to stop at a library to print some stuff and use the internet. Uncle Mike found a chair and a book and relaxed until we were ready to go. Not once did he ever look bored or hurry us along.

playing with the aging machine

It was uncle Mike that recommended MOSI. So we went; just the three of us. We got there a little late in the day, so we couldn’t see everything. But we all made sure to ride the high wire bike.

It’s mostly for kids, but there’s lots of stuff for adults to learn too. It’s a very hands-on museum. And there are many kid-volunteers working there. I didn’t get to see any of the movies but I hear the IMAX films there are very good.

All Pictures


 

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.

Phone:

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

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

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

MOSI

How to get there:

Address:

4801 E Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33617

Phone:

  • (813) 987-6000

Website

e-mail

Cost:

  • 20.95USD for basic entry

Hours:

  • MOSI is open everyday of the year
  • 9:00 – 17:00 Monday – Friday
  • 9:00 – 18:00 Saturday & Sunday

Notes:

  • Parking is 4USD per car.

Map:


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