Our room is in the center of the building, no windows, but it was very quiet at night. This morning Carmen made us a big breakfast and we spent a lot of time talking to Liam, a very interesting young man from Toronto who is staying there as well. Today we hope to buy tickets for a dance performance at the ornate State Theater and then manage the public bus to buy tickets at the main Bus Station to Viñales for Saturday. We'll spend one night out at this lovely rural valley with friends of Carmen and then return to Havana.
|The Casa Particular we are staying in, Casa|
Carmen - the middle two floors.
|The next street over - mostly residential|
|The Capitol Building, under renovation|
|Hotel Saratoga where we can get wifi - and|
where I'm posting this blog entry.
|Scott pauses in one of the lovely porticos that line|
some of the streets.
|The National Theater - we hope to get tickets to a dance|
performance this morning.
|Walking around our first afternoon, we enjoyed this live|
performance in the park, as did a class of young students.
|Antique cars are everywhere in Havana and|
they are so beautiful.
|As is a stop at cafe for a rum and a cervesa -|
Bucanero, very appropriate.
|Wifi is either available in some of the larger hotels or in|
public parks and spaces. You know where it is as everyone
is on their phone or computer.
|This is the huge line for the public bus - the cost is only|
|I love this memorial to a Revolutionary Hero that also|
protects a beautiful old tree.
|In the park we saw several "counselors" available that appeared|
to be practicing voodoo. You can tell this person is not
of the Santaria faith as she isn't all in white.
|Very typical residential building.|
|We stopped for another drink and listened to this excellent|
Cuban jazz band and bought their CD.
|Then took a one hour tour in a 1954 Thunderbird around|
the city with a very personable young guide, Moses.
|We had to have our picture taken of course|
|In several views.|
|OK this was our third drink (and last) with|
dinner at a Cuban restaurant that our host
Carmen recommended. It was a very fancy
|The view from the balcony of our Casa Carmen|
|There is the very steep narrow staircase leading|
up to our Casa. Then another one inside it
leads to 4 guest rooms with baths. My
fireman grandfather would have been horrified!
This is the only exit.