Moncton, New Brunswick
December 18, 2001
The market in Varadero is a smaller version of the one in Havana. All stalls are run by the craftspeople.
One of my "finds" was a painting by a diminutive man - afflicted with a disability (perhaps polio at a young age). When I asked how much for the canvas, I was told $6US. Well, not only could I not bring myself to bargaining with him, I bought another and gave him a tip of soap, gum, and a baseball. The look on his face was incredible - especially for the gum!!
You can bargain with stall owners in the markets, but government stores are off-limits for bargaining. All stores are government run. The prices in the stores are alright, but the selection is very minimal.
Oh, yeah -- rum is very well priced - $7 for a 750ml 7 year Havana Club dark rum - checked out the pricing at home -- $25!! As well, liquer (pineapple, banana, cocoa, etc.) is $3 a bottle -- wow!!
You can see more photos at http://www.pbase.com/kiml/varadero_city
From journal A week in a Communist Land