Hotel Club Acuario
Travel Blogs from Havana
... the patio at which we were sitting.
After yet another interesting conversation with lots of laughs with Scott, unfortunately it was time for him to leave for Mexico before returning home.
I went and fetched my camera, an extra battery and my wide-angle lens, and headed out to get lost in the streets of Havana and I felt SO GOOD as this is how I LOVE to spend my time! So I wandered, wherever I felt like turning I turned, wherever I felt curious to go I ...
... owners of our casa particulare became instant family and on our last night threw us a rooftop party complete with barbecued pork, Cuba Libres, karaoke, a disco ball and the best dancing ever.
Tamale Lover: Once I walked near a couple who had just purchased tamales from a street vendor. I tried to buy one but they were the last two in the cart. The man offered me some of his! When, WHEN, would that ...
... no one has cell phones here. Its either not allowed, or there's just no infrastructure for it. I also saw a 100-person line outside a building, and when I inquired what was going on (free food? Free internet?!) I was told it was a line to pay the home phone bill. Yikes. Can't imagine what you'd have to talk about if all you knew was this island for 80 years... my host has never been off Cuba.
Many places in Havana are very touristy, catering ...
... told it means nothing if other countries refuse to grant visas to Cubans.
On the upside education and health care is available to all though and Cuba sends many doctors to Africa, Latin America and Haiti to provide assistance where they can. We never hear about this in the west. But the biggest asset Cuba has its people. On the whole they are generous, friendly, welcoming and honest. There is a genuine lack of materialism and greed among the older generation, but the ...
... that I had discovered something special.
I had lots of opportunities to explore the wonders of the music performed there nightly. By my second or third night I had made friends there, found a dance teacher, and even jammed a bit with some musicians (this was a humbling experience, an rough initiation of sorts, but fortunately I was able to have much more satisfying musical exchanges later on in my trip--see ¨my Ry Cooder moment¨ video below). I ...
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