We made it to Cuba after 3 days in Cancun and what a contrast of worlds. People say that travelling to Cuba is like travelling back in time, but I think it is more like travelling forward….
Our first day in Cuba we went to the Province of Pinar del Rio where we toured a bio-reserve region and a sustainable community project. The name of this province means “Pines of the River” and it was amazing to see this kind of endemic pine tree growing right along-side palm trees and other tropical plants.
The siteof “Las Terraces” was once a coffee plantation implemented by the French and worked on by hundreds of slaves who labored on land that ultimately proved to be very poorly suited for growing coffee because the soil is not deep enough. But now an organic farm thrives for the community.
Pete, of course, tests out the waters wherever we go!
On Day 2 we went to a play put on by “La Colmenita” Children’s Theater Company which was an extremely powerful production about “The Cuban Five” who are political prisoners being held in the US. These amazing children put together such a beautiful and moving production that spoke to the pain that is being caused by US policies against Cuba and exemplified the creative spirit of survival in this country.
After we were moved to tears by the incredible performances we walked around Old Havana and were overwhelmed with the beauty and culture of this city.
We couldn’t be more humbled or happy to be here and we can’t wait to see what happens next. More to come!!!