Archive for December, 2017

Final Day in Havana: 12/1/17 Friday

Final Day in Havana:  12/1/17 Friday

I got one last run on the Malecon before packing up and making sure all was ready to go when we had to leave later this afternoon.  We had quite a few hours to spend in Havana before that, though.  Cleve had another group of guests that had arrived and begun their tour, so he [...]


The Valley of Vinales, and my first Cigar: 11/30/17 Thursday

The Valley of Vinales, and my first Cigar:  11/30/17 Thursday

Amauri and our van taxi driver arrived about 8:15 this morning to take us all on an 2.5 hour drive west to the Vinales Valley.  It is known to be some of the most scenic & lush green landscapes on the island, as well as home to many small tobacco farms where most of Cuban [...]


Just go with the flow: 11/29/17 Wednesday

Just go with the flow:  11/29/17 Wednesday

This morning I ran the direction we had driven yesterday to find a walking path Cleve had pointed out to me.  It’s built into a wide median in the middle of the street for miles down Embassy Row which is a pretty nice area of town.  There were lots of people out walking, exercising, getting [...]


Cuban National Hotel & Fusterlandia: 11/28/17 Tuesday

Cuban National Hotel & Fusterlandia:  11/28/17 Tuesday

Charlotte, Anita and I took the 10am tour of the Cuban National Hotel this morning, and loved it.  We had an excellent tour guide named Aeleen (Eileen) who knew the Cuban history back and forth.  The tour is offered free to guests of the hotel, or anyone can go on it for 5CUC$ (Cuban Convertible [...]


Monday Rain, Market, and more Old Havana: 11/27/17 Monday

Monday Rain, Market, and more Old Havana:  11/27/17 Monday

My run this morning was sun-less, cooler, and graced with a beautiful cloud-layered sky.  Soon after our group left the apartment, it began to rain which turned into pouring rain.  We were headed to the San Jose Market right on the water but fortunately for us it was completely enclosed so it was a great [...]


A Hard Look at Reality…. and the Ballet: 11/26/27 Sunday

A Hard Look at Reality.... and the Ballet:  11/26/27 Sunday

Today began with a nice run along El Malecon (sea wall), this time in the other direction.  There were less people fishing and running than there were yesterday, and after a couple miles the paved path ended into a neighborhood.  I kept going another half mile or so because I liked seeing the streets, houses, [...]


Anniversary of Fidel Castro’s death: 11/25/17 Saturday

Anniversary of Fidel Castro’s death:  11/25/17 Saturday

…of note because this is the background reason I’m even on this trip.  Fidel passed away last November just as one of Cleve’s travel groups were flying out to Havana.  When they arrived, their whole itinerary was altered because the country  pretty much came to a standstill.  Many places were closed, and no alcohol was [...]


Arrival in Cuba: 11/24/17 Friday

Arrival in Cuba:  11/24/17 Friday

The day began with a 5:30am wake up call in our LAX airport hotel room.  I had met up with my amazing octogenarian friend Charlotte so we could travel together to Cuba.  If you aren’t an “older adult” yourself, or work in the field of aging services like I do, you may want to know [...]


Colorado Road Trip with Leetle Brother – Labor Day week 2017

Colorado Road Trip with Leetle Brother - Labor Day week 2017

I often call my youngest brother Jay “Leetle Brother”, or sometimes “Leetle” or sometimes just “LB”.  I think it came from a silly Christmas package label one year a long time ago. He’s the Little Brother and I’m the Big Sister. But of course we must say it silly so I’m “Beeg Sistor”.  Otherwise abbreviated [...]