Curbside in Cuba: Saturday
Sunday morning, I awaken in my room to the sound of a rooster crowing. As I rouse myself and reorient to my surroundings, I remember that I am in a bed, in a room at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, a lovely 5 Star Hotel in Havana, Cuba! How did I get here?
It started with my enrollment in the Physician MBA Program at the Kelley School of Business. A trip to study the medical community in another country is offered to the second year Physician MBA students, and since this [Cuba] was such a UNIQUE opportunity, first years were invited as well. So HERE I AM!
Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba, is a country of 11.8 million people. Havana, its capital, is the largest city. Getting here was easy; we left Louisville, headed through Atlanta then it was on to Cuba.
The airport in Cuba is small with many checkpoints, but it was easy to navigate. Into the waiting area, many Cubans and tourist congregate as they meet family and friends.
Our tour guide Christopher, was easily identified (he did have a sign), we were taken to a bus and on to our hotel.
We arrive to a “on the house mojito” and the opportunity to sit outside on the veranda: and OH MY!
Here's the scene: men and women sitting in the sun, with the Straits of Florida water lapping the shore in the background. Beautiful drinks with mint leaves, vibrant colors and of course small demitasse coffee cups abound! The smell of cigars gently floats by, and I see men smoking large cigars as they rapidly speak in Spanish.
We head onto a tour bus, where we are taken to eat at a restaurant called El Cocinero. It's a rooftop setting, with tropical plants, a light breeze and the most amazing food! We return or a stroll around the hotel and then it's on to bed! Tomorrow, on the agenda, are lectures and walking tours.