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April 10, 2012 1:18 PM

On the road in Cuba, tales of woe and yearning

If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Ostensibly, I was in Cuba to cover Pope Benedict XVI's visit. Waiting for my small rental car at the Havana airport, the overworked rental agent finally offered me a huge diesel-powered vehicle if I'd get on my way. I spent most of the following week offering ordinary Cubans a ride in my gray Hyundai van.

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