Going out at night in Cuba, we were surrounded by men of all ages, a smattering of foreign women (Cuban men in hand!) and really no one else. Where all the Cuban ladies at?
Some of my friends pointed out that part of why Cuban guys were so forward with us was that our very presence in night life was saying A LOT more than we thought it was. One of our first nights, we saw one girl out. She was in Chucks, cut-off shorts and a tank top, but she ruled that place. She shook her booty like booties have never shaken before or since, except when attached to her.
Along the malecón, you can see couples canoodling everywhere. They are attached at the hip to their guys, and from what I hear, they spend a great deal of money on their men. Clothing, absurd silver/gold tooth coverings, and of course food. What the what?
Is that the only place for young Cuban women in nightlife? Booty shakers and girlfriends? Oh Madonna and the Whore, the Two Marys, how I tire of thee and thine eternal truth.
Have people experienced this in other Latin American countries? Where on earth were all the young women? Maybe they just knew better and were staying away from all the men, unless they found one worthy of their attention? Who knows–but it definitely made us gringas stick out even more than we already did.