While we were there, the Cubans were getting ready for Carnival. Along the Malecon, floats were being set up in rows. On the other side, benches were put out along the parade route. One could feel the excitement in the air as the time to relax and have fun was about to begin. Unfortunately, our ship would be leaving before Carnival started. Here are a few pictures of the floats.
As our bus toured the city of Havana, we passed some other places that offered some fun. One place was a small aquarium. I was surprised to see this. It was established in 1960 to focus on research and environmental education. I don’t know how much it cost to get in but as we drove by, there look like a lot of people were inside and enjoying the performance.
The next place that surprised me as a large amusement park. We were told this was considered Cuba’s Coney Island Park. We did not stop to visit but driving by you could see old rides that looked like they needed to be updated. As I mentioned before unless it was a government building, nothing is repaired or updated. The park looked like it was still being used.
We also visited what is called The Forest. It was a large beautiful park next to the river. This was free to visit. Ever so often we would drive by and see signs as a reminder.
One has to remember, the majority of the people living there, can not leave. It cost a lot to get a visa. Now that there isn’t an American Ambassador to Cuba, they will have to travel to other countries to get a visa which involves more money. Then there is no guarantee that they will be approved. Unless you are in a high paying job, you are pretty much not going anywhere. So, I was glad to see they have several ways to have some fun.
One last photo I want to share. Our tour guide informed us that Havana has a China Town. We drove under the sign. She said there are no Chinese living in Cuba but there is a Chinese restaurant which serves Italian food. 🙂