Hostal Convent Santa Brigida
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... post last night’s restaurant review and check my emails.
I’ve been promising myself an Havana pub crawl since I got here, and tonight’s the night. It’s about 4.30 now and I was planning to head down Obispo again, as this seems to be the street with the most bars and restaurants, but I’ll check with the concierge first and see if he has any other suggestions.
The concierge (the same one who recommended last night's restaurant) came ...
Casual wake up. Out of hotel at 9:45 and shared a taxi with a family similar to ours. 2 girls four years apart, from Richmond. Waited 3 hours for our flight but no problems. Linda and I started watching "24" season 6. Flying into Havana there was a lightning storm to our left. Not very comforting sight. On arrival, waited nearly an hour for immigration. At least it was air conditioned, and World Cup was on the TV. ...
We left for the St. Augustine Senior Center at 10:00 AM. The center is like the one we visited in 2012. Catholic Charities runs the center. They returned to Cuba in 1995. We met with about 20 seniors and we all sang for each other. They were charming and receive their meals daily there as well as social services.
Then we went to the Ludwig Foundation for a presentation and lunch with artists. It is an incredible place and they occupy the penthouse ...
... year independence war against the brutal Spanish colonial power is held but crushed by the colonial power. In 1895 a second independence war is started but not more successful than the first.
Over time the United States as an independent and more and more powerful country in the world had become increasingly interested in Cuba. When brutal fights between the Cubans and the colonial power of Spain continued after the end of the second war of independence, the US stationed ...
... 8220;I didn’t think I’d ever speak to you again”). Tears start rolling down my cheeks; a drop lands on my iPhone screen (honest!). It was an unbelievable emotional experience that I wouldn’t fully appreciate until I got home.
It was a fitting ending to our Cuban trip – more than anything it was about the people, and the whole week was unplanned and full of unexpected surprises.
I was exhausted and ready to get off the ride and take a ...