Cuba, Day 01-02
Arriving in Havana and Getting Acclimated
We met our group in Miami and took off in a charter flight to Cuba. We were all so excited. This has been a dream for many of us for a very long time. Finally we were headed there.
Arnie and I were seated on the starboard (right side), so we didn’t get as early a view of Cuba as others. Still, it was great to look down on that long strand of sand that greeted us on our side.
Customs was pretty easy, although I was asked a few questions, probably because I was listed as the group leader.
We were greeted by our HavanaTur guide who is just wonderful. With smiling eyes and a great sense of humor, we could not ask for more. A former teacher, she is very informative and also very helpful.
HavanaTur has to OK our itinerary before we can head to Cuba on a people-to-people, cultural tour.
The first afternoon, after a nice lunch, we walked around Viejo Havana (old, historic Havana). With us are two Cuban professional photographers. Absolutely delightful, and they know the routes to take us to the various locations on our tour.
Because the Internet can be excruciatingly slow (or now and then), and because I first got on this evening after two days here, this blog will be short, but I’ll share a few more images.
Our photographer friends took us into one of the once-grand houses of Havana. The textures and sense of bygone elegance were wonderful.
An old window and piece of cloth captured my attention.
The Church is a very large part of Cuba and her history, and this one was on our itinerary.
We also went to a boxing training ring. The teacher was in his 60s and as fit as the younger men and women he was teaching. This boxer caught my attention with the intensity of his concentration and eyes.
There are so many pretty colors in Havana, some fresh such as this one, and some faded and awaiting a new coat.
There is a lot of restoration going on in Old Havana. New electrical and water lines are being put in, cobbles are being replaces or reset on the streets. Still, the work is done in the old-fashioned way … by hand, carefully done.
We have found the people of Havana to be very friendly. They love Americans, and we get thumbs up, and “New York!” It is a joy to be here, and we can’t wait to learn more.
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