The authorities allow Maribel Vidal to sell her handicrafts two weeks out of four to tourists visiting Camaguey, 550km east of Havana.
She used to be a teacher on 3000 pesos ($135) a year.
"I now earn 10 to 15 times more," but has to pay 50% tax.
Maribel says many of the other market traders are also university graduates.
She earns enough to "live with dignity" but wishes she could return to teaching.
I wonder why Cubans like Andy Garcia (who directed a film that didn't paint a nice picture of Che and co) and his family fled the country?