A BLAST FROM THE PAST in CUBA Part 7
—- Seeing how friendly and respectful the Cuban people were to us the entire tour and getting to meet and photograph them. Priceless
—- Experiencing the emotion and joy of Suzanne, one of our tour members, who was given the gift of Cuba by her husband so she could experience and visit her father’s Cuban family and her ancestors.
—- Seeing many beautiful Havana buildings that looked like Paris buildings centuries ago and, unfortunately, are not being maintained today.
—- Seeing several Ernest Hemingway hangouts.
—- Seeing children and adults crammed into the back seat of an 1950s vintage car with no seat belts or no child seat.
—- Riding in one of 8,000 brand-new, identical tourist coaches from China and the only way we could find our coach was to look for its number on the side, #1848.
—- Learning that Cuba has no parts to repair the new coaches from China so when a coach breaks down, it is used for parts.
—- Learning that public coaches are crammed full of Cuban people going to and from work and that no more coaches have been obtained for the people that can’t get into a super full coach, so the workers are left behind and unable to get to work.
—- Eating the delicious chocolate, vanilla, banana and coffee ice cream in Havana.
—- Learning from Cubans at the Institute of Friendship to the People that Cuba is open to change and that Cubans need to be more creative, productive, self-sufficient and efficient, and that Cuba is changing.
—- Experiencing the Western-style toilet facilities with no toilet seat, paper or flush.
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