Out and about in Havana
Trip Start Dec 02, 2011
8Trip End Dec 10, 2011
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What I did
An amazing neighborhood
Before heading out for our walk, a couple of us headed over to the little market across the street. The had an odd combination of chips, olives, honey and rum. I picked up a bottle of high end rum for $15 US. The drinks at the hotel are expense and I do like my night cap!
next I grabbed my camera and met a small group and hit the street. First of all, order a good map of Havana off Amazon it really helped when out and about. Next be sure to have plenty of memory cards for photos Havana is an amazing eclectic mix of eye candy.
We headed up the street away from the ocean on the left hand side of the street
Heading out with a group of about 5 of us and armed with two cameras, we went for our first outing in Cuba. We milled around the front of the hotel for a few minutes, snapping up shots and then headed across the street and up the boulevard into the local neighborhood. The neighborhood is made up mostly of decaying old mansions now turned into apartments. It's December and the weather is mild and warm. When the Pope visited here several years ago, he got Castro to agree to let Cubans celebrate Christmas and you see an odd assortment of Christmas trees in the windows of homes. The all resemble Charlie Brown Christmas trees with plain glass ball ornaments and nothing else on them. Our guide Tatiana told us they put up Christmas trees but it is really pretty meaningless as a holiday in Cuba as the two generations who have grown up since the revolution don’t get what it’s all about. The true December holiday in Cuba is Teachers Day, which is right before Christmas. It is celebrated all over Cuba and honors all the teachers as special to Cuba.
We run into several Cubans while walking and they are very nice and happy to give us advice or directions. We see many sculptures and art objects in people’s yards, odd little restaurants in homes and just people living their day to day life. So differnt form our world but so much the same.