An excellent report by Patrick Symmes, author of The Boys from Dolores: Fidel Castro’s Classmates from Revolution to Exile, who tried to live in Havana as a Cuban for a whole month on the official salary of $15:
THIRTY DAYS AS A CUBAN
Pinching pesos and dropping pounds in Havana
I will not cut and paste from the article, which must be read in its entirety.
Via Carlos Eire, who also links to Symmes Starves in Cuba for Harper’s; ‘The ultimate f*ck you to food writing’.