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Cuba!

Hi all y’all! I just got back from a week in Havana. My sister and I took the trip with Global Academic Adventures. We both had our concerns about going with a group. It turned out to be the best trip ever. Dr. Siri Briggs Brown (founder of Global Academic Adventures) led our group and packed the agenda with tried and true adventure. Every day was better than we imagined. There really was not one wasted minute. My sweet darlin’ did some extra work this summer and encouraged me to go on a sister trip. He puts the sweet in sweet darlin’. I am working on a way to go back to Cuba with David next summer. More on that later.

Most of our tour group.
Most of our tour group.

Cuba is amazing. The people were the best part. I wondered what our reception would be like after a 47 year blockade. The Cubans were happy to see Americans. So happy and hopeful to have a chance to travel to the US and have the opportunity to rebuild their infrastructure. One woman cried when she saw us in a restaurant. 3.1 buildings in Cuba collapse every day.

Havana neighborhood
Havana neighborhood

Cuba is picturesque, but the buildings will not last another 47 years without some supplies and money. I fell in love with Cuba. I think I could write a book… but this is a blog. I will add a little bit of Cuba to each blog for a while. I want you to know about US medical students in Cuba, the food, the cars, the economy…

Where Hemingway Stayed in Havana
This is where Hemingway stayed in Havana
Our taxi driver
Our taxi driver

He played Cuban music on the radio and honked at all the girls on the Malecón (8 km sea drive).

Hotel National de Cuba
Hotel National de Cuba

The hotel was built in the 1930’s. There is still a bunker on the grounds with a map of the missile launching sites and targets. I found inspiration in the colors and music. I am looking forward to being with my paints.

Living la vida loca!

Gator Girl

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I paint to heal the world. If I fall short of that, I would like to make you smile. Gator Girl

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