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... breeze off the water. Perfect. Went back to the room. Watched BBC news on TV and polished off the Havana Club.
Monday September 22, 3.30pm
Mezzanine Lounge, Iberostar Parque Hotel
Tried something different for breakfast; a rissole and some ham placed between two very thin slices of bread and then fried. Not bad!
Asked Lazaro how much a taxi would cost from the hotel to Callejon Hamel where my tour starts this morning. He said 5CUC, and the trip should ...
... of warm happy people who were very proud of their socialist ways. As an aside, when I flew up to San Francisco a few days later, I was thinking perhaps this whole communist thing could have legs… I didn't see a single homeless person in Cuba but I saw THOUSANDS in SF. Pretty sad.
Anyway, so Scott and I arrived in La Habana without a clue about anything except for rum and cigars and music.
What a lovely surprise La Habana was… ...
... flying under the embargo radar), an Australian woman, an English guy and lastly our tour guide for the trip, David. David was born and raised in Havana and we were joined for dinner, by Davids wife, as Cubans have their Christmas meal on 24th. I met my Irish roomie later that night, though she was sadly without her baggage, as it was languishing en route in Paris. Our group was completed the following day, with two further ...
... know in this regard that until Cuba’s revolution in 1958, Cuba was a famous holiday destination for regular and criminal Americans alike. Back then Cuba featured lots of casinos and large-scale prostitution; a perfect place for the North American mafia.
When we were exploring the old town some more, we were surprised by heavy rain. Taking shelter underneath a balcony we assumed the rain to cease within a few minutes. Unfortunately we were mistaken. After about an hour of ...
... were mostly banned; travel to Cuba by Americans was restricted to once-every-three year visits to close family members by Cuban Americans. These restrictions were substantially relaxed in 2010 by Obama which is what allows our “people-to-people” cultural exchange visit to happen. This is about as far as the President can go, restricted by the Helms-Burton act which will have to be repealed before relations with Cuba could be normalized. Chief of Mission ...