El Comendador Boutique Hotel Havana
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Leisurely wake up. Breakfast and Alejandro drove us to the Hotel Nacional where we saw the cannons used against the Spanish in the Spanish American war (we kicked Spain out of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Phillipines in 10 weeks in 1898). But in a sign of changing times, they also have tunnels which housed soviet antiaircraft missiles during the Cuban missile crisis. The hotel bar has photos of the mafia dons and Hollywood stars who have stayed there. Alejandro drove us back ...
... we're staying at- some Cubans have been given permission to rent out 1 or 2 rooms in their homes and these quasi B&B options are a much better choice than the overpriced government-run hotels. Among the very few Cubans (or communists anywhere) who recognize the value of a good reputation and word-of-mouth advertising, our hosts are really trying hard with somewhat limited means. And living in a Cuban home within a very traditional Cuban neighbourhood is half of the fun. ...
... come to Cuba book their entire vacation as a package at a tourist agency back home, the tourism business in Cuba tends to be more focused on these package-tourists. It wasn't impossible to arrange everything ourselves and flexibly, but the system just wasn't built for it. However, I was very happy that we travelled in Cuba individually and not on a predetermined tourist package. Many of these tourists never see anything except hotels and government run restaurants that could be ...
... on the operation of the economy were our final area of speculation. What we seemed to agree on most is the continuance of both the healthcare and education systems with perhaps minor adjustments. Both the Americans and Brazilians were especially intrigued by both systems. While we addressed the question, our conversation soon moved toward talking about America. The Brazilians were interested to hear our opinions on President ...
... I snapped a picture quickly, not wanting them to cast a spell on us! Dressed all in white, the practitioners in one group were preparing items to bury, and then one guy was burying what were probably chicken bones by a tree. 20-50% of Cubans supposedly practice some form of Santeria, an animist religion with many, many spirit gods. Less than 10% of cubansare practicing Catholics, so Santeria seems to be the leading spiritual practice.
We also passed ...
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