In 2012, my wife and I flew from Mexico City to Havana on the excellent Mexican airline Interjet to mark our 10th anniversary. I hesitate to say “celebrate” due to our grim destination.

We went out of curiosity. With the Castro despots getting very old, I believed that the Cuba I had heard about almost all my life, especially the antique cars, the island’s second-most-famous characteristic — the first being communist oppression — would likely be changing in the near future.

We stayed a week in an Havana guesthouse.

This report was first published in two parts on my principal website The Unseen Moon, and they continue being heavily visited due to Google Search. The report was also serialized in The Bulletin, a fun news weekly in Texas.

Visiting Communist Cuba was interesting, but we will not be returning.