Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Kiwanians in Cuba 2017

Kiwanians Susie Broome and Sandy Miller traveled to Cuba in 2017 and shared pictures and reminisces of their trip with the Kiwanis Club on Tuesday evening.  They left in late January and returned early February, 2017.  They stayed in private residences that were outfitted for tourists.  Sandy stayed in a 4 bedroom home that had their two "house mothers" who took care of the breakfast, cleaning and provided happy hour.  Susie stayed in a separate home with 6 bedrooms a short distance away. 
They visited many sights in Havana as part of cultural visa program.  Among those are Hotel Nacional de Cuba, San Cristobal Paladar (restaurant), an architectural tour of the old Havana, a Catholic Cathedral, a Muslim Mosque, and the Revolution Museum. 
Only cars manufactured and purchased prior to 1959 are permitted to be privately owned.  Classic 60 year old US cars are tenderly taken care of and passed down in families.  These cars are available for tourists to rent as taxis and usually driven by an owner or part of the owner's family.
They visited many areas in Havana including an art colony named Fusterlandia and some towns outside of Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinadad.  They visited the Hemingway hotel and the Hemingway house.  They spent three hours at the Copocabana nightclub.  They noted the average Cuban is grateful to Castro for the educational system and healthcare he brought to the common man.  They summed up their trip with the quote, "Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind."

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