A BLAST FROM THE PAST in CUBA Part 2
—- Eating breakfasts that were common tourist breakfasts with non-common delicious Cuban coffee.
—- Seeing the bright blue sky from horizon to horizon without a grayish layer of pollution anywhere.
—- Getting to view the engine under the hood that opened from each side of a 1956 Orange Buick Special
—- Visiting Callejón de Hamel, also called Hamel’s Alley, and experiencing Santeria there, a mix of Roman Catholicism, African Yoruba and Native Indian beliefs, that is integrated into Cuban daily life.
—- Learning from educators how 98% of the Cuban people now are literate as a result of a mass education campaign of education. Educated people in Havana were even sent to the countryside to educate the people there.
—- Experiencing the centuries-old ritual of the 9 p.m. Cannon Blast Ceremony at the Morro Fort announcing to all that the city gates were closing for the evening.
—- Talking with two men who were born in Cuba, came to the USA under different circumstances and now, after 32 years in Miami, were returning for the first time to Cuba, and sharing the very emotional experience returning to the place of their childhood.
—- Seeing the shock on the Cuban people’s faces when they learned we were tourists visiting from the USA.
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