El Meson de la Flota
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... is free—if you can get in—and the internet, with some sites blocked, is free. Free expression is encouraged but organized protests against the government or anything it does are prohibited. Our student guide speaks poor English so Vicky translates for us.
Next we go to the Hotel Nacional where we tour the manicured grounds and take in the view from above the Malecόn. This is where mobsters met and persons both ...
... Granted, she did a lot more talking than I did, but it showed me that I can get by with this little Spanish if I really need to. She told me all about her family, and some of her friends, and then she told me about the cuban TV show she was watching which is filmed in Miami. It was a really cool experience. Elina and her family are really nice people.
Elina showed me my room and it’s basically a small apartment to myself. It has ...
We arrived in Havana a couple of days before the tour started so were able to have a good look around and get a feel for the place. The hotel was in the heart of the old town and we didn't need to venture far to get absorbed by the live music playing in so many bars, restaurants, cafés, parks, squares, streets- almost everywhere. Such a lovely sound. The vintage cars were everywhere to be seen in various states of repair and every colour under the sun. Doing our best to ...
... involves deciding not only the brand but the diameter and the length and finally the number. We made our purchases and later this triggered a series of interesting problems.
The afternoon tour showed that there has been little or no new construction since the revolution, 1959, and little property maintenance. Everything is blamed on the US for their embargo since 1961. There are some new cars on the streets now but very many from the 1950s and 60s. The bodies and chassis ...
Being cheaper, faster and more comfortable than the bus, we took a taxi for our journey back to Havana (yes, another thing that doesn't quite make sense for us but hey, that's Cuba ;-)). We had a great driver and once again were able to talk a lot and ask many questions about this incredible country with it's own crazy rules. Mentioning that we found everything 'un poco loco', we got a big laugh and a hearty 'No, todo es muuuy loco! ...