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Morning, TaMara here again. Couple more days of helping Alain out, happily.
This spring, I checked off another travel wish: Cuba.
And what a trip is it was…again partly for novel research…but honestly, I had really always wanted to experience it. I came away, like many, finding it a lovely experience, and interesting as it was, it was really all about the people. Incredibly kind, funny, engaging, proud, accomplished, and so willing to share their island with us.
This is our neighborhood. We stayed with a lovely family in their Casa particular – basically a bed and breakfast. And by the time we left, we felt like family.
Havana is bustling with new construction, repairing years of economic downturn and the recent hurricane damage. Restoring buildings and neighborhoods to their former glory. But there is beauty in even the abandoned buildings.
We walked everywhere around Old Havana, took the city bus to other neighborhoods and to the beach. There are also bicycle taxis and of course the old cars for hire.
We had to spend one day at Santa Maria Beach Playa del Este for a beautiful beach day.
Just some sites as we walked the city.
Art and music saturate the streets. It’s a vibrant city. And the food was pretty good, too.
Some of my favorite art:
This guy was everywhere.
This lady was hidden behind some construction barriers, but we snuck a peek anyway.
And finally, garden spaces dotted Old Havana. Places to sit and cool off.
I’m up again tomorrow with a little New Mexico retreat. Until then…open thread.