Meals included: L D - Accommodations: Hotel Nacional De Cuba
Friday January 13
The day started out with a very interesting lecture (of course also Q&A) at 8am.
Afterwards James and I were just a couple of minutes early for the bus and took adventage to stroll in the back of the hotel again. In the second photo you can see the forts.
It was going to be another full day. So much to see. So many photos. And I am not even posting all. Oh no. But which ones to choose? And which ones to leave out?
After a short bus ride we changed to this local form of transportation. Yes, for locals first and tourists by default. Off to the local market.
We were all given different pieces of paper with what to buy. James knew what it was and didn't even have to look it up. We were supposed to buy 1 CUC worth. All was taken to our next stop, the kindergarten, because the children get several meals a day.
All around in the old town are signs of former glory. How gorgeous it must have been.
We have a Q&A with our "drivers", whether they own the bicycles, what permit they need, whether they are self-employed etc. Migdalia told us that they always wear these tops for Grand Circle Foundation.
A short walk to the day-care for children up to 4 years sponsored by the Caritas Organisation. The children come from difficult family situations. This place seems to be a happy place.
Each little child can find his/her towel easily.
After that we were "let loose". Free time. Lunch on our own. Of course we got advice where it would be safe (for our stomachs) to eat. Ice with holes is safe because they come from government mandated machines with pure water for tourists. Eat salads only where Migdalia takes us. ALWAYS brush teeth with bottled water. We had been given instructions on our very first briefing but always get reminded.
It was fun sitting on a balcony overlooking the Plaza.
The food was delicious. We like the local beer. The chairs were not very comfortable so we paid ... and had "coffee con leche sin postre" across the street. You can see our balcony in the sun under the blue awning.
OMG I hope I am not gaining 10 pounds.
We all met again and went to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.
This chair is actually flat.
This bug was huge. We were told there had been 15 or 20 been made for an international festival and they were all on the outside of the building causing quite a stir.
In the hallway ... art from children's workshops. Cut and paste. I liked this best.
Ts ts. No photo taking in the gallery. But these two are giving me ideas for quilting.
And this was interesting. Pegs. Famous people. You could put Hitler or Stalin next to the Pope.
Back to the hotel to refresh and off again before it gets dark. Migdalia wants us to see it in daylight. The whole neighborhood has been beautified by the artist Jose Fuster and son(s). Another link!
Here is his place!
The doors will open. Can you believe what you see?
We are told by his son Alex to hurry to the very top to see the sunset.
Of course one could buy something.
We had a nice family style dinner. Coffee included.
Bye bye, Fusterlandia.