May - June 2000
Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Holguin, Camaguey, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Varadero, Pinar del Rio & Vinales
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Havana Good Time
Actually, I suppose that should read 'Had a Good Time', but that would require changing the name of the Cuban capital, and that could get ugly. That's right, past tense, as I'm writing this update from the comfort of my home in Denver. Ok, so that isn't entirely true since I gave up my apartment in January before embarking on this little adventure, so I'm writing this from the comfort of my sister's home in Denver.....a home that actually has two faucets in the shower, not just cold. A home that has a working shower head, and isn't simply water dripping from a pipe. A home where I don't share my bed with a multitude of bugs, and don't wake up in the morning covered with bites. A home where the plumbing is good enough that toilet paper can actually go in the toilet and not in an adjacent waste basket. A home where I can eat something besides rice, beans, chicken, and fried plantains. A home...well, you get the picture. Arrived in Denver on June 9th, but history shows that I'm not one to stay in a place for long. As there isn't much happening work-wise in Russia right now, I'll be leaving again June 26th and heading to Perth, Australia for 2 1/2 months of work. From there I'll board a boat on September 7th for 5 weeks of work offshore Brunei, before returning to the States sometime in October, and then back to Perth to work. Never a dull moment.
As kids, if we'd point out to Dad that he'd just accidentally run a stop sign, he'd state that the signs were merely 'suggestions'. Taking that to an international level, I decided our government forbidding us to visit (more accurately to spend money in) Cuba was also simply a 'suggestion'. Besides, I've never been one to let others form my opinions. I'll listen to others, but the cynic in me won't believe anything until I can see it for myself. In Cuba, ...
See photographs from: Cuba Gallery