A sense of isolation and a high level of cultural development have filled Cubans with intense curiosity. Many will guess your nationality and quiz you about the most prosaic matters of Western life, as well as the most profound. Issues of income and cost are areas of deep interest.
Cubans are starved of much information. They watch Hollywood movies and often converse with a surprising mix of worldly erudition and astounding naïveté. If you tell them you are a yanqui, most Cubans light up. They are genuinely fond of U.S. citizens. However, although Cubans thrive on debate, they are hesitant to discuss politics openly except behind closed doors. Only in private, and once you have earned their trust, will you be able to gauge how they really feel about Cuba and Castro.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition