Trip Start May 01, 2008
13Trip End May 11, 2008
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We started our sight-seeing for the day by heading to the US Special Interest office, which functions as the US's connection with the Cuban government in-lieu of an embassy. A few years ago the office put up an electronic ticker that displayed anti-Cuban propaganda
We grabbed a cab and went over to the plaza de la revolution and saw the iconic picture of Che, which is actually quite good in person despite the fact that it has been perverted onto every possible bit of merchandise. It was extremely hot in the concrete square, so while Ross explored, I stayed in the shade and chatted with some Cubans. The main topics of conversation included a) it's very hot, every for Habaneros, so try not to die b) put on more sunscreen because you're SO WHITE c) Cubans like Canada because of Trudeau and refusing to participate in the embargo. It was a pretty fun conversation all told. However, we didn't manage to get into the memorial to Jose Marti because it was closed for a bit.
We went over to the Capitol because Leigh and Kara had mentioned that it was a really good tour, but there were no tour guides available, so we went for lunch at the Cafe Inglaterra (mediocre). Then it was back to the Capitol, where again, no guides were available that spoke english. (I was NOT going to spend more time translating...my brain was really starting to hurt, and we woudln't have gotten much out of it.) It was getting late (and SOOOO hot - over 40, + humidity) so we went back to the hotel and lounged by the pool. We had dinner in the hotel and went to bed early with some sickly tummies.