Guantanamo, Now "Relaxing, Calm and Beautiful"

April 1, 2009

Proving that there truly is no prerequisite for intelligence in pageant winners, Miss Universe either just revealed her deep ignorance of global issues or her utter lack of humanity. Either way, the situation is not good. She is the only person (that I am aware of) who has been appointed to represent our universe, so it’s a little embarrassing.

In case you missed it, Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza and Miss USA, Crystle Steward recently enjoyed a little vacation… at Guantanamo Bay. Unfortunately, I’m serious. In her blog on, Dayana raved about her new favorite Caribbean getaway: “we had a wonderful time, this truly was a memorable trip… it was a loooot of fun!” To the rest of the world, Guantanamo represents a gross departure from the rule of law, torture, hell on earth, and a human rights crisis born from a legal black hole. But not to these two ladies who rose to fame by strutting their stuff in bikinis and high heels.

Yesterday, the folks at the Miss Universe Pageant replaced Dayana’s insightful post with an “explanation” for her actions, but there’s no reason you all should be deprived of the full post:

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience.

We arrived in Gitmo on Friday and stared going around the town, everybody knew Crystle and I were coming so the first thing we did was attend a big lunch and then we visited one of the bars they have in the base. We talked about Gitmo and what is was like living there. The next days we had a wonderful time, this truly was a memorable trip! We hung out with the guys from the East Coast and they showed us the boat inside and out, how they work and what they do, we took a ride around the land and it was a loooot of fun!

We also met the Military dogs, and they did a very nice demonstration of their skills. All the guys from the Army were amazing with us.

We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting.

We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.

The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun.  That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach.  She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay 🙂

I didn’t want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

At least someone’s happy to have been at Guantanamo Bay.