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So, what did you do on your Mexican vacation?

14 November 2013

I think the tourism officials expect that at least a few tourists are going to change their plans (and, maybe their beliefs) after a few days in Mexico, so I don’t think anyone’s ever been held to strict accuracy when they fill out their forms… nor that anyone is going to check up on them any time in the near future.

Here’s Fidel Castro’s October 1955 application  … in those days you had to list your religious affiliation ( “Catholic”? … meh… close enough) and your purpose in visiting the country.  “For a  rest” … well, the rest, as they say, was history.

While working (not the first, and not the last tourist to extend his vacation with a bit of under-the-table work) as a photographer, Castro trained and organized the M-26-7 (Movimiento 26 de Julio) … getting his men into shape by strolling up and down Refoma avenue (the high altitude was hard on those Cubans, and on that Argentine doctor they brought along with them) before moving to the gym, and then out to the country for some field training, then squeezing 89 guys into a second-hand boat… and…

Some vacation!


2 Comments leave one →
  1. 14 November 2013 8:00 am

    Reblogged this on 911mx and commented:
    PRE M-26-7

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