La Habana Vieja
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Today we stayed in Havana, so we had a slow start, Cuban style... We got into our Coco Taxi's - those little yellow thingies - and went to our first destination: Plaza de la Revolucion. This is the heart of the Cuban Gouvernement, with his ministeries of education etc. It's also the place where the big manifestations are held, and we were surrounded by asphalt and the ever present Ché Guevara.
From there the taxi's brought us to the Capitol, an exact replica of the one in Washington, the starting point of our walking tour; Havana has lots of colonial influences and is surprisingly clean. The walking tour ended in a small theater. But the sweating didn't stop there: we got a 2 hour salsa class, swinging our hips - althought we never got that swinging as the Cubans, it's in their blood -.
Dancing made us hungry, so of to la Bodeguita, the favorite place of Hemmingway, for lunch, in the middle of Habana Vieja, or old Havana. The meal was simple, yet tasty and the restaurant was cosy, but a bit warm.
Well fed we walked through Habana Vieja, visiting the Catherdral - very nice!- and Hotel Ambos Mundo - Hemmingway's hotel for some years - . I also enjoyed his favorite drink: a nice cold Daquiri. I must admid that Cuba can turn you into quite an alcoholic!
We then returned to the hotel for a nice shower and some time to relax. Later we were picked up by some classic cars for the evening tour through Havana; we also stopped at Hotel Nacional, now one of the fanciest hotels, first runned by the maffia.
That evening we enjoyed our diner on the roof top terrace of Ambos Mundo, with - again - salsa dancing. Tomorrow we leave Havana.