Originally Posted by Stu,June 22 2005,04:28
Well, there was that time I was detained by Cuban authorities for questioning. Then there was that time I was detained by Costa Rican authorities for questioning, and then there was that time I ended up in a $1 a night hostel with a bunch of drunken, heavily armed Nicarguan Contras and then .... see a pattern here?
What the hell do you do for a living?
At that time I was a freelance journalist/foreign correspondent. In Cuba, a buddy of mine and I were out on a bike ride and he stopped to take a photo of a billboard. In Cuba they have fascinating billboards, giant drawings of a massive Fidel staring down a little ant labeled "Tio Sam," and great catchphrases like: "You should be quaking in our revolutionary presence." Â Anyway, turned out, there was an Army installation behind the billboard. It seems the Cuban government is not too crazy about Americans taking photos of their military installations. They detained us, and finally let us go, but confiscated the film. The day before we left, they delivered all my buddy's photos, developed, in an envelope to our hotel. Nice of them to develop the photos for him. In Costa Rica, I was just caught in the street with the wrong group of people, and it turned out I had overstayed my visa by about 6 months, which at that time, in the middle of the Cold War, with Panama, Nicaragua and El Salvador on fire, was highly frowned upon.