Back in Havana with Zeb the Duck

My humans and I returned to Havana.  We are staying at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba.

Our hotel

Our hotel

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.

Havana street

Havana street

Older area of Havana

Older area of Havana

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.

A Havana senior center

A Havana senior center

There was music.  It was like a party.  Some of the humans in my group joined the dancing and

Senior center

Senior center

some visited with the senior Cubans.

After awhile, we climbed the stairs and talked to other people and saw the children from the daycare.

Day care at senior center

Day care at senior center

From the second floor we enjoyed the view

This is a beautiful building

This is a beautiful building

of the interior of the building.

Leaving the senior center,

Leaving senior center

Leaving 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.

Old buildings are difficult to maintain.

Old buildings are difficult to maintain.

I liked this man and the cart with fresh vegetables.

Fresh vegetables available here.

Fresh vegetables available here.

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.

Kids playing

Kids playing

Photographs of national heroes were on the wall inside the school.

Cuban national heroes

Cuban national heroes

We saw these students being tutored.

Tutoring

Tutoring

These girls loved posing for photos.

Children posing

Children posing

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.

Former Bacardi headquarters with bat on top

Former Bacardi headquarters with bat on top

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.

Beautiful windows

Beautiful windows

They are beautiful.  This group sang for us.  We all enjoyed the music.

We enjoyed the concert

We enjoyed the concert

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.

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