Cuba Poised Between Past and Future: Part II

Cuba Poised Between Past and Future: Part II

Second of a three-part series. Part I can be found here. Part III can be found here.

BAYAMO, Cuba -- Tropi Crema isn't like ice cream parlors found elsewhere in the world. Most days, only a single flavor is available, advertised on a board by the entrance, and there's often a line to get in. Still, for many residents of this tidy city in eastern Cuba, it's irresistible.

One recent afternoon, two middle-aged women sat at the long, crowded counter. Between them they ordered 12 scoops of chocolate ice cream and two pieces of coconut cake. Here and there, along the counter and in the tree-shaded outdoor patio, customers of all sorts dug into similarly outsized orders, their bowls, cups and dessert dishes crowding the tables.

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