The revolution will be sexy

Trip Start May 01, 2008
Trip End May 11, 2008

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Chez Nous

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Friday, May 2, 2008

I think one of my favourite things about Cuba so far is the way the men cat-call the women.  It's not so much cat-calling as a strange hissing noise...I don't really get what it means or why they do that, when in so much of Latin America a standard hola chica or hola muchacha seems to get them just as far....anyway.  We had a good time watching some Cuban men chase a scantilly clad tourist through the plaza vieja while hissing at her.  We've also enjoyed how well-dressed many of the Cuban women are, even the security guards & members of the military.  At the museum of the revolution, we ran into a female guard in some of the tightest issued fatigues I've ever seen, dangling earings and generally looking ready for a night on the town.  Hot!

Anyway, we started the day with a good breakfast at the casa consisting of eggs, bread, lots of fruit, juice and coffee.  We then went out for some espresso in Habana Vieja, and also to find a bank. I was a little panicked at first because it didn't seem like we'd be able to use our ATM cards, but it was nothing that a mastercard and a passport couldn't solve at a bank.  After banking adventures, we headed off in search of the Capitol. (It turned out that it was down the street from our casa, and it wouldn't have been hard to find if we'd just turned around...).  It's pretty much the same as in Washington, just not a polished.  We then walked along the Paseo de Marti , which has a lovely pedestrian boulevard in the middle, and made our way to the museum of the revolution. 

The museum wasn't as good as I was hoping - pretty boring, actually, although the propaganda was pretty great.  Did you know that the CIA introduced Dengue fever to Cuba?  Amazing.  The museum presented a pretty heavily editted version of the revolution, but it was fascinating none-the-less.  We also saw the Granma (the boat that Castro & Che used to get their small revolutionary band to Cuba), which was pretty exciting. 

We finally found some good food at a restaurant kiddy-corner to the Ambus Mundos hotel - it was good and cheap, with some delicious rice & beans.  We were pretty knackered from walking, so we headed back to the hotel for some relaxation after the walking and the heat. 

In the evening we went for drinks & dinner.  Dinner was at El Templete, right on the Canal de Entrada, with great food.  We had Sangria, I had mahi-mahi, and Ross had grouper.  We finished the meal with a 'Bohio'chocolate that was all kinds of delicious, and then it was bed by about 10pm. 
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