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May 01, 2009

Remembering Cuba

Since President Obama changed U.S. policy to allow family travel to Cuba, thousands of Cuban Americans have been going home. Teresa Simon Noble grew up in Santiago de Cuba. She has vivid memories of the time Fidel Castro came down from the mountains and was greeted by the people with kisses and flowers. Shortly after, though, Teresa became disenchanted with Castro. After she was caught distributing political leaflets, her father sent her away to the U.S. That was in 1960, and although Teresa has come to accept the Castro government, she has never returned to Cuba. 

As she tells Dick Gordon, many of the most important people to her have now died, and the island has changed in ways difficult for even her to imagine. But Teresa still dreams of returning to the place where she left her heart, her girlhood, and her memories: Cuba's Santiago Bay.

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