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Cubans are not lazy. But a certain indolence or ennui seems to hover over many of the people on this island. It's difficult to describe, it's more of a feeling I have that I've gleaned from my 2 months here.

I notice it when I walk into a State-run food shop, or a State-run restaurant. No one there seems cheery or enthused or even minimally interested in what I might have come there to buy or do. It's as if I'm disturbing them. I attribute this attitude to decades of life under a Soviet style socialist system. People simply lack incentive and believe that no matter how much they exert themselves nothing will change.