Day Trip into Havana....
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January 8th, 2008 – by: CanadianBorn
Breakfast finished and the 7 of us head out to the front of the building to meet our guide for the day. She is a very nice young girl and speaks English very well. Our driver not so much but is very friendly and full of smiles. We exchange names and hop into the bus and prepare for the long road into the city. As we are driving all we get a great look at the beautiful countryside, see people riding their bikes and waiting for a bus or a ride to come along.
Finally make it into the capital of Cuba, what beauty. We exit the small bus into this little plaza and do not make it more than 10 steps before being jumped on. Females dressed in traditional Caribbean attire come right at the men. They grab your camera and as one prepares to take your picture two of these exquisitely dressed females appear, one on each cheek for the picture.
As we strolled around the city I noticed the peace and happiness that Habaneros were filled with. They love their city and everything that it represents. Very alluring old world architecture as I gazed down streets, remarkable old cars that for the better part are keep in good running condition.
I had become very interested in the Cuban Revolution and read a little about it before the trip and became enthralled with Che Guevera. What a figure this man is in this country even now some 40 years after his murder. As we walked into Revolution Square, the famous landmark where Fidel made many of his famous speeches, you could feel the energy and excitement that engulfed the entire area and thousands of people there to listen to their leader. On a building at the back of the square there is a huge silhouette of Che, just another sign of the great meaning this one individual has to the people of this island nation.
I asked our guide if she would be able to show us where Fidel lives and her response was, "No one knows where he lives." Obviously there are many people out there that do not approve of Castro and his last 40 years of rule. There many other highlights of this majestic city, such as the capitol building which has a striking resemblance to that of the Washignton DC building. Another highlight for me was making our way to Parque Lennon. A statue of the famous Beatle sits on a bench, as you walk up and sit down on the bench beside him an eldery Habanero gentlemen approaches and inserts a real pair of glasses into slot beside the eyes of the statue. Very intriguing experience learning about the interest that he had in Cuba as did many famous artists looking for a beautiful tranquil location to think and Imagine.
Our tour has come to an end and it is time for the long ride back to our resort. The length of the day has caught up with me and I get a very pleasant nap in on the ride home, but not before watching another of those beautiful Cuban sunsets.
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