The world famous Tropicana Club for the night's entertainment (I think
Ricky Ricardo was supposed to have been band leader here)
One observation is that our cuba libres (rum & cokes) were served with
"Tropicola," as Coke and Pepsi are American companies that aren't supposed to be
here. Literally THE first country I've been to without Coke and Pepsi signs
posted everywhere. Can't wait to cut loose on this place with some good old
fashioned American consumer goods! Anyway, I did find two spots serving American
sodas, they are brought in from Mexico.
I figured maybe
there are a few classic cars around- NO, they really are everywhere! Feels like
you're in some sort of hispanic "American Graffiti." This is a common site, a
classic pulled over to do some sort of on the fly repair.
The old man and
So as a tourist it is common practice to get ripped off, half the
time without you even knowing. Well after taking a few pics of this guy we
started talking, and he even showed me pics of his family. He gave me a little
sea shell, and I could feel the big pitch coming on. He pulled out a coin with
Che Guevara on it and tried to give it too me, but I turned it down. He looked
hurt, so I recanted and gave him a dollar for it, plus one Cuban coin (a
quarter) I had on me. My bus then came so we had to part ways. Later that day I
come to find out it is a three peso coin, so I inadvertantly ripped off this
kind native! Life is funny sometimes.
new friends from Chile Monica and Rodrego
Funny enough Rodrigo does brand
management for Unilever (he's in the haircare category, not nearly as sexy as
soap) in Santiago
Entrance to where I stayed, Hotel Riviera
View of Habana from the
Castillo de los Tres Santos Reyes del Morro
Cuban cigars here- the same ones that were Castro's favorites before he quit
smoking - Corona Grande Montecristo and Cohiba Esplendidos
Catedral de San
Cristobal de la Habana
Took a break here
for a mojito- Cafe de O'Reilly
What do I think of Cuba? Awesome. I grew up loving the whole feel and concept
of Key West. Well, I would describe Havana and Cuba as more Key West than Key
West. Friendly people, beautiful beaches, tropical breezes, exotic drinks, a
feeling of rebellion, music wafting down streets...
Statue of Christopher
Columbus, courtyard of the Museo de la Ciudad
Guevara mural- "Hasta la Victoria Siempre"
Ministry of the Interior building
Plaza de la Revolucion area
Imperialists: We are not the least bit afraid of you!"
So what's the deal with the US and Cuba? info
travel in Cuba? info
9pm firing of the cannon signifying the closing of the city, now of course a
Was tired beyond belief and thought it was going to pour on me,
but of course I had to go see them fire the cannon...