Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Day 1: Havana
Fine morning ride through the city passing colonial and revolutionary architecture. Paused in Independence Square with a huge billboard of Che. Then by bus to Matanzas, a town on the on coast. Stayed in a beautifully restored hotel on the main square. I walked out and could not find any shops, where do Cubans buy their houshold stuff? The tourist economy is very strange with foreigners having "convertible" pesos to use in hotels and bars. The absence of advertising is also strking. Nice group with a majority of teachers...