45 minutes to another world

Trip Start Feb 09, 2013
Trip End Feb 24, 2013

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

I'm sitting in Miami International Airport waiting to board a chartered American Airlines flight at 3pm, and what I notice immediately is the average age of those passengers around me. These folks are old and I couldn't be happier that I'll at least have my brother as company for any and all humor that comes out of this trip.

And there goes my last sip of Dunkin Donuts iced coffee. I'll miss you! We have yet to recognize anyone from our tour group, but we did meet our tour operator Hillary Duffy at the gate. Not Hillary Duff, which is fortunate/unfortunate depending on one's world view, but she IS from New Providence, NJ, just a few towns over from Morristown amd just next to my old town of Chatham. Hillary introduced us to her old host family (weirdly on the same flight) who live in Old Havana and miraculously procured US travel visas after twice being rejected. Big family, too! Three kids, a couple uncles, an aunt, the abuela, they're all there.

Hillary's just caught up with us at the gate, yay. In final preparation for this, I'm slogging through Hemingway. His later writing reflects his alcoholism, yet he manages to create surprisingly detailed worlds using a relatively simple writing style devoid of overbearing detail and frustrating side stories that go nowhere. I'm really trying to get to the chapter that catalogs Hemingway's U-Boat hunting days during the War off the coast of Cuba, but I suppose I'll manage my way through his account of life on colonial-era Bimini in the Bahamas.

On the other hand, my brother prepared by buying new Ray Bans and getting Canadian dollars. As usual, we have different expectations for this trip.

Internet is going to be limited to the couch closest to the reception desk at the hotel in Havana so I'll try my best to post while there. Cienfuegos will have no internet whatsoever. I plan on keeping a written journal, and those entries will then be posted here either when I return to Havana or when I get to Miami Beach.

As always, thanks for reading!
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