My humans and I returned to Havana. We are staying at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba.
I have so much to tell you about this hotel, but it must wait until another day. Today we visit a senior center with a childcare facility. The seniors come here for day activities. And they are an active group! Then we will walk to an elementary school.
Santos drove us to an older section of Havana. Walking to the senior center, this is some of what I observed.
It rained last night, so we still have some water in the streets.
Arriving at the senior center, we entered this room. The people were dancing and talking.
There was music. It was like a party. Some of the humans in my group joined the dancing and
some visited with the senior Cubans.
After awhile, we climbed the stairs and talked to other people and saw the children from the daycare.
From the second floor we enjoyed the view
of the interior of the building.
Leaving the senior center,
we walked to the elementary school. On the narrow streets, we saw cars, bicycles and horses. You can see that Havana, like many old cities, has some restored buildings and some that are crumbling and falling apart.
I liked this man and the cart with fresh vegetables.
We were able to visit Escuela Primaria Carlos Manuel de Cespedes or Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Elementary School. We saw these students playing in the courtyard.
Photographs of national heroes were on the wall inside the school.
We saw these students being tutored.
These girls loved posing for photos.
They loved to see the pictures of themselves.
After lunch, we walked toward the Palacio del Teatro Lirico Nacional. Along the way, we saw the former Bacardi headquarters.
Bacardi rum was started in Cuba in the 1800s. They moved the headquarters to Hamilton, Bermuda after the Castro regime took some assets. On top of the building is the Bacardi bat. The bat became the logo because the bat is good for sugar cane growers. Also one of the first buildings had bats in the rafters.
Our private concert at the Palacio del Teatro Lirico Nacional was on the second floor. Mom and I loved these stained glass windows near the stairs.
They are beautiful. This group sang for us. We all enjoyed the music.
These talented singers perform in many countries around the world. We are happy they were in Havana when we were.
Most of the humans brought gifts for the senior center and for the elementary school. They were happy to receive our gifts and we were happy to help them. I like the people of Cuba. Check back to see more of my Cuban experience.