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Tourists in Cuba caught up in mourning for Fidel

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 01:34

International tourists in Cuba are caught up in a grieving nation mourning the passing of the late Fidel Castro. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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It's not quite what they expected when they planned their trip to Cuba. They were seeking sun, sand and music. Now tourists have found themselves amidst a nation in grief for the late Fidel Castro. A British couple says it was bad timing. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH TOURIST, ANDY, SAYING: "It's not been really good for us, no alcohol, because we came in holiday and the main thing we do is we wanted to party, dance, drink, salsa, and everybody at night time is in the house, you know. So it's not what we expected. We were meant to go to Varadero in a couple of days, all inclusive, but now we need to move forward so we can't drink and do the stuff. We had to cancel the hotel in Havana. And we go back later after the funeral so like this we can see the real Havana." A couple from Sweden seemed unfazed by the mass outpouring of grief for Castro. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SWEDISH TOURIST, EMILIAI, SAYING: "I guess it is like, it is the way it is." A nation in mourning as Cubans bid farewell to the man who led the country's leftist revolution -- ruled for half a century and resisted the United States throughout the Cold War. i

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Tourists in Cuba caught up in mourning for Fidel

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 01:34