The Masters of Life Hacks – Havana, Cuba

Adventures in Wonderland

Havana sunset

13-17 February 2017. There are over two million people in Havana, over two million stories, all with similarities, and yet each unique. This is the story of our friend “Pedro”:

Pedro is a research scientist. His wife is also a professional, in a medical field. They have one child, a six-year-old boy. Unfortunately due to illness his wife is unable to work. With two professional salaries Pedro and his wife probably earned about $14,000 per year. When you factor in free health care, free education at all levels, subsidized childcare, and the relatively low cost of essential goods in Cuba, their income probably allowed them to have a reasonably good life, albeit without the everyday abundance of goods we take for granted in the west. With only one salary it’s impossible. Pedro’s credentials are such that he can get research fellowships at prestigious North American universities. This means…

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