Stop #1. Arte.92 – a socio-cultural community project completely self-funded to provide a place for artists to create but also to provide opportunities in all the arts for the surrounding community.
Artists Adriana, Agudo, Jorge and Porfirio, our tour guide:
Repurposed cardboard sculpture:
We climbed 88 steps to get to the very top of the building which provided a panoramic view of Havana.
Stop #2: a religious center in the Guanabacca district to learn about Afro-Cuban religion and ceremonies.
Stop #3: Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro built to protect Havana’s harbor.
Next, lunch at a state-run restaurant, La Divina Pastora
followed by a Cuban dominoes lesson by the Cuban Double Nines champion, Mick Domino (not his real last name).
Stop #4: the art studio of Santacana
Back to the hotel for a couple of hours, time to rest before our dinner outing (stops # 5, 6 and 7 ahead). After a daiquiri at La Floridita, another favorite bar of Ernest Hemingway.
we had dinner at a “speakeasy,”
followed by a performance by a Buena Vista Social Club tribute band and singers.