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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Cuba




Friday, January 6

We visited a state funded Maternity Home, in a newly renovated area of Havana. 



Our next stop was the Angela Landa Elementary School.




Lunch at La Tabema, a popular, locals and tourists, club with a live band playing salsa music. 





After lunch, we visited the Iglesia de la Merced - Church of Mercy, dating back to 1637.  From the church, we walked to the huge Arts and crafts market. 

We then took the bus to Callejon de Hamel, a neighborhood in Cayo Hueso, Central Havana, with a strong following of Santeria.  "The walls and homes display colorful murals depicting aspects of Santeria.  The Callejon de Hamel is a public temple, open to everybody, which celebrates the presence of African culture in Cuba.  The stated goal is to embrace all Caribbean and American people of African heritage, while celebrating the equality and oneness of all members of the human race."  We met with the community organizer and artist, Salvador Gonzales 
http://repeatingislands.com/2010/04/20/havanas-callejon-de-hamel-celebrates-its-20th-anniversary/

A perfect ending to a perfect day--a performance of The Nutcracker by the National Ballet of Cuba in the Garcia Lorca Theatre (The Grand Theatre of Havana). 


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