Fidel Castro may be ailing, but he’s a living example of something Cubans take pride in – an average life expectancy roughly similar to that of people in the United States. They ascribe it to free medical care, a mild climate, and a low-stress Caribbean lifestyle, which they believe make up for the hardships and shortages they suffer.
“Sometimes you have all you want to eat and sometimes you don’t,” said Raquel Naring, a 70-year-old retired gas station attendant. “But there aren’t elderly people sleeping on the street like other places.”
Sounds like food is optional in Castro’s fantasy land, eh?