"Street hawking is big, everyone seems to have something to sell; cigars, places to stay, restaurant and taxis. 'No' only seems to encourage them, and they will try to find another thing to sell to you. Despite this, the streets are very safe as there is usually a policeman on every corner."
Travel writer MelVarley, writing about Havana in the London-basedSouth African, which describes itself as the number one newspaper for South Africans living abroad.
Welcome to the blog of my new book, Child of the Revolution: Growing up in Castro's Cuba, which is published in Australia and New Zealand by Allen & Unwin.
The book is now available in the UK, Canada and the US, and in Brazil (in Portuguese).