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November 12, 2015



Wonderful. Look forward to all installments and fond memories of our time together in La Habana and Cuba.

Jay (Victor) Grant

Really enjoyed reading this PT. Very interesting. Helps bring back the trip in a new way. You are a good writer and keep me on your mailing list...Jay Grant

Carol Williamson

This first post helped us relive memories of a very special trip, and Mike and I will look forward to future posts. Thank you, P.T., for the time, effort, and expertise that you have given this project.

Ann Baker

Thanks for the pictures and your commentary. Maybe I'll go there someday. You've planted the seed……

Susaan Straus

These travelogues, as you know, are not my favorites, I find these boring and like the human content better. But I found it interesting that when I was there many years ago, there were no brightly painted buildings. All the buildings were their original concrete and plaster, brown and grey. I suspect this is testimony to the improving economy that is the result of tourist dollars. The government has money to spruce things up.

Alan Barry

Paul enjoyed reading your article I noticed in the newspaper the other day about Cuban physicians who have been overseas trying to get into the United States one of the reasons is that they are paid when their overseas about $30 a month while the Cuban government is charging the host government quite a bit of money and the chance to get into the United States is actually caused quite a bit tension between Cuba and the United States

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Alan,I found this story which sheds some light on the practice of Cuba sending their doctors to help in other countries. They are apparently well-trained and sought after. The point of contention seems to be the way they are paid for their overseas work.

Rebecca Wilson

This is so interesting! I've been saving these to read when I could savour them. You're very lucky to see Cuba now. And just the right amount of photos, well interspersed with the text!

Bobbi  Asano

Hola, Paul!!
It’s really good to hear from you although it’s heartbreaking to know that you lost all of your notes!! I’m amazed you didn’t have a heart attack after all that work but I see you’ve somehow made up for the loss. I was just starting to wonder if you had posted any of this on your blog when your emails started coming.

I think of Havana a lot, too, especially the people we met. I was impressed with their optimism and resourcefulness, even though they’ve lived through so much hardship under an oppressive regime. And to hear Cubans of different generations describe their perspective about life in this society. The visual memories also made an impression. I think of the once beautiful buildings that are now so dilapidated, colorful buildings, lots of people on the streets, the Malecon,music everywhere, the food, and the vintage cars, of course. This is one trip that’s etched in my memory. One of the moments that still makes me smile is when we all got our mojitos before dinner at the Nacional on our first night. I just remember hearing a lot of “wows” after that first sip. They really were tasty. And of course, who could forget the taxi ride to the restaurant for dinner!!

At any rate, I’ve enjoyed reading your emails because it’s filled in some details that I missed while I was busy sightseeing or picture taking. The NY Times has had some interesting articles about Cuba recently. If you go to the home page and search “Cuba”, you’ll find the articles. If you haven’t already seen it, I just watched “The Motorcycle Diaries” (from Netflix) Che Guevarra’s chronicle of a road trip he took with a friend when they were in their 20s. Great insight into how the trip changed him into a revolutionary. It was surprisingly moving.

I’ve enjoyed reliving this trip through your Cuba Chronicles. Thanks for sharing!

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