Havana, Cuba with Zeb the Duck

Mom and Zeb the Duck are in Havana, Cuba.  We took a charter flight from Miami to Havana.  The charter flight was an American Airline flight with an American Airline flight crew.

We are in Havana, Cuba

We are in Havana, Cuba

After customs and immigration we met Alejandro, our Cuban guide.  He was very nice and spoke English.  Santos is our bus driver. Connie is our Friendly Planet group leader.   They will be with us all week.

Our tour to Cuba was through Friendly Planet and was a people to people tour.  Both the Cuban and American governments agree to permit these tours.  Mom changed money at the airport.  Cuba has a dual currency system.  As tourists we use CUC currency (1 CUC is about equal to US $1).  The Cuban people are paid in CUP currency.  Each CUP is equivalent to 4 U.S. cents.  Visit www.friendlyplanet.com for information and reservations to travel to Cuba from the United States.

Alejandro and Santos took us to the Used Booksellers Market.

Used Booksellers Market in Plaza de Armas, Havana

Used Booksellers Market in Plaza de Armas, Havana

This is big outdoor market located in the Plaza de Armas, and is rather famous.  Used books are sold and also old postage stamps are for sale.

Old stamps for sale at this market

Old stamps for sale at this market

The venders were very friendly and talked to us with a mixture of Spanish and English.

Nearby we saw this statue of Carlos Manuel de Cespedes.

Statue of Carlos Manuel de Cespedes

Statue of Carlos Manuel de Cespedes

In 1868 Cespedes gave the Grito de Yara (shout of Yara) beginning the 10-year war.  This was the first effort to free slaves and gain independence from Spain.

These are some photos of typical street scenes in Cuba.

Streets of Havana

Streets of Havana

Havana street

Havana street

Havana

Havana after rain

I, Zeb the Duck, and my group of humans traveled around Havana.   Santos drove us to Trinidad, with stops in Santa Clara, Sancti Spiritus and Cienfuegos before returning to Havana.  We saw so much that I will be telling you about Cuba for a few weeks.  I hope you will stay with me here at ColoradoTravelingDucks.com

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