A BLAST FROM THE PAST in CUBA Part 6
—– Having Cappuccino Cuban coffee at Café de Maria, a private coffee house, only to be surprised by the face of “Che” (Ernesto Che Guevara) in cinnamon on top of the frothy milk.
—- Visiting 1 of 20 El Niño y La Niña Community Project centers started in 1988 in Havana after problems were identified with children in neighborhoods, and having 50 of the 11-12-year-old children there to visit with, see their work, see how they are doing and to encourage them to keep on doing good and learning.
—- Seeing ox-drawn carts and horse-drawn carts coming and going along side us on the highway, just like trucks.
—- Learning that an Exit Ticket was required to leave the National Hotel when carrying our luggage to our #1848 toruist bus.
—- Viewing the beautiful fields and plantations full of lush tobacco plants growing 3-4 feet tall.
—- Going through Cueva del Indio, a cave in Cuba, then exiting in a boat and stopping for lunch at a restaurant with round huts and thatched roofs that made us think we were in Africa.
—- Seeing the colorful cream, orange, pink, blue, green and yellow buildings everywhere we went in Cuba.
—- Getting to see THE red, white & blue national bird of Cuba, the Tocororo, in the Orchid Gardens. Priceless.
—- Seeing those Trinidad-style Cuban cigars being rolled by 52 employees at the Fabrica de Tabacos Francisco Donatien in Pinar del Rio, the tobacco growing region of Cuba. Priceless.