Cruising Cuba for the first time, exploring cities and seacoast: Sixth Cuba blog by David G. Molyneaux (first, cars and artists // second, Havana people-to-people // third, Bay of Pigs, Trinidad // fourth, dancing at Juventud // fifth, bumping into rules )
On our last day on the south coast of Cuba, my wife Fran Golden and I set out on a long walk, sandwiched by two outstanding musical programs arranged by Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic — a religious and classical Cuban performance by the Cantores de Cienfuegos choir, and a classic children’s show, Cucarachita Martina.
Our full afternoon walk, from the center square, Marti Park, to the yacht club harbor, was in search of conversation and a souvenir. We found both.
People we met on the streets, walking or sitting at doorsteps or stoops, welcomed us, asked us where we lived, and talked about their lives and their homes, where, said a local guide, many residents still display photos of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and other fighters in the Revolution that began nearly 60 years ago.
“Why?” I asked. “To many, the revolution is still going on,” he said.
Travelers in my Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic group unanimously reported a positive feeling about life in Cuba and their many contacts with its residents. American travel guides who have spent time recently in Cuba call it a country of scarcities when speaking of material goods but with no scarcities of enthusiasm and confidence among the people.
That was an accurate portrayal of the Cuban folks we met, both the people we were guided toward and those whom we met casually on the streets.