The day came and we had to say Adios. I had mixed feelings about leaving. I think my Social Worker skills had kicked in and I felt like I need to stay to help them. On one of our tours, we passed an old vacant house but was beautiful on the inside. I mentioned to our guide, that we could buy that and turned it into a B&B. She laughs and said, “you will have to hire me.” I said, “of course. I will cook, you take the guests on tours, our driver will be our driver and my husband can clean up.”
With all joking aside, I could see so many potentials for Cuba and I wondered why nothing is being done. Yes, they are building new and fancy hotels but so many other possibilities are waiting to be discovered. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want Cuba to become like America. Maybe with time, things will change and the government is kinder to their citizens
I wondered about this elderly man sitting and rolling cigars all day at one of the forts for tourist. Did he make $25.00 a month and by posing for pictures for the tourist for tips helped add to his income? I am hoping he is able to keep the tips.
We passed the Russian Embassy. Noticed how the building resembles a sword. Are the Russians still involved with Cuba? Did they leave? Unfortunately, my history is lacking for the answers.
This picture was taken around 5:00p.m. Everyone was getting off work, going home or just hanging out. Just like we do. I wanted to share this picture to show that no matter where you are in the world, everyone is more the same than different. They have families, friends, places to go. Hopefully, as you experience traveling, being open to the different lifestyle is the key. Seeing what is different is what I enjoy about traveling.
The ship left around midnight. As I watched the ship sailed out from the port, I noticed a van racing down near the lighthouse and blinking the van’s lights. I wonder what was wrong. The next morning, our lecture on board thanked everyone who was outside on the top deck. The Cuban people had gathered along the Malecon and were holding up their cell phones with the flashlight turned on waving and the people on the ship were doing waving back to them with their phones. That is the one thing I regret that I didn’t take part. Now I know why that the person in the van was blinking its lights — Adios Amigos