reply to post by genius/idoit
I have JUST the formula for you, and it'll test your mettle, as well as let you discover what kind of a human being you are. This is called the
Cuban Solution, otherwise known as How To Risk Everything For Just a Chance To Hope. Ready?
First, you have to get to Cuba. That takes a little creativity, but far from difficult for you. This is where your oddysey will begin. Take all
your life's savings -- and it will take quite a bit, say, at least $8000 USD. With this purchase a crappy craft that the seller will call a
"boat". You may not think so, but I assure you that's the way it's done.
Then, hook up with a family that wants to go to the U.S. They know the way and will probably navigate better than you. When you're loaded with
water, diesel and crackers, you set off, angling past the Cayman Islands. Now, they used to give assistance, but it's now illegal. If your
"boat" malfunctions there, they'll take you into custody with everyone else, feed and clothe you in the prison in Northward. Soon as they can
negotiate repatriation, you'll be flown back to Cuba, where you can start again.
If you boat somehow miraculously functions, well, you're going to be navigating by the stars and dead reconing and heading for either Honduras or
Costa Rica. Nicaragua will not look favorably upon refugees from Cuba. Old history. On the way, I hope you learned Spanish, as you'll need it
more than you can imagine. Hopefully, you'll have features that allow you to pass for locals. If the sea doesn't kill you, and ..... miracle of
miracles, your "boat" survives the trip, all you have to do is find a place to come ashore and blend into the jungle. You'd better stay with the
people you travelled with, if they'll have you. They will have a better idea how to survive in the jungle, as well as how to make local connections
to get work.
Now, these next few years will be ones of heavy labor, and you won't be able to put much away. You'll learn to eat just what you need to survive,
and pocket what little you can hide.
A few years later, IF you're very lucky, you might happen onto a mule train of folks heading for Mexico. They'll be trying to cross the border so
most of them can hope to rejoin their family in southern Florida. But Hey!! soon as you pay your money, and IF the mule skinners are not too
crooked and at the same time skillful, you'll be sneaking into Mexico!! Your Dream!! Now, you're just a short sneak away from crossing back into
your homeland to reap the sumptuous rewards that you think are available to you as a Mexican immigrant. Oh, I forgot.... it'll take more than a
few pesos for you to be smuggled into the U.S. OOPS! My bad.
I can already smell your disappointment. Still, the trip will be character-building, should you happen to survive.
[edit on 1/6/09 by argentus]