I have wanted to go to Cuba for years.  My good friend had built a trip around a group of educators and I am tagging along.  

I will certainly blog about the entire event but from what I understand Internet is not as fluid as it is in the states so either I will be dead silent until sometime on Sunday or I will begn the conversation sometime during the trip.

Will be interesting on all fronts.

Comments (Archived):

  1. leigh

    I’ve had many friends go to Havana and it’s apparently one of the most amazing cities – it’s the type of place where they eat life and dance in the streets just because.I’ll be interested to watch the experience they create for you. Enjoy! (ps. when i was there, the food was terrible, but i did the cheap beach vacation and don’t assume that’s what it’s like everywhere)

    1. Gotham Gal

      food is still not great. more next week

    2. Emil Sotirov

      Oh yeah… those people… in those places… are like children, you know… just “eating life” and “dancing in the street”… “creating experiences” for us to “enjoy”. And thanks to communism, it’s incredibly “cheap”… Must visit… before that little paradise is over… “just because”…

      1. leigh

        Politics aside, from what they told me it sounded much like Austin or New Orleans. All music playing, lovin’ towns. 🙂

        1. Emil Sotirov

          There is probably an element of truth in what you’ve heard… in terms of valuing music and far niente. However, the way you talk about the place and the people sounds pretentious and dismissive. And politics can never be put aside… when you’re dealing with a dictatorial regime and the people who happen to live under it.

          1. leigh

            I think pretentious is a bit of a leap from such a short comment (i get accused of many things, but not often that) but sure ok. Have a great day.

  2. TanyaMonteiro

    I once heard if you are a married man resident in Cuba, you cannot get a passport to go to the next town without your wife’s permission in writing? Told to me by a man who travels there often and loves it, curious to know if you hear anything similar. Have a super time!

  3. Steven Kane

    Funny – I am heading to Havana next week!

    1. Gotham Gal

      when? i am back sunday night.

      1. Steven Kane

        next weekend – thursday-sunday ! we go to miami wednesday, depart from MIA Thursday morning. you?

        1. Dan Berger

          I am going the 22nd for 8 days!

  4. Lisa Abeyta

    Looking forward to seeing Cuba through your eyes. What a wonderful opportunity. Bon Voyage.

  5. CCjudy

    my good friend Linda is there now in Cuba through Road Scholar since last week… I think there is minimal internet access

  6. kenberger

    Havana is wonderful, but essential is to get out to the real country.Scooter around the center of the island. Incredibly unique, 1 of the safest places in the world. Crime is near non-existent. Food however is tough to come by outside of the capital and Varadero, due to the blockade. Frozen pizzas, rice and ketchup, if you’re lucky.

  7. William Mougayar

    Did you bring your 2400 baud modem with you? Cuba is like taking a trip back in time. Some things haven’t changed since 1959.

  8. Ghorwood

    You might want to visit/attend services at Temple Bet Shalom in Havana. There are only 1,300 Jews left in Cuba and about half of them are in Havana. There is no rabbi and the conservative congregation is led by a group of four including three very young women.One thing that was fascinating is that the temple is well-supported by Canadian and American Jewish charities. It has been restored quite nicely. Our service was attended by many, many American Jews visiting on a sort of pilgrimage.