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When You Come to Cuba…

An invitation by ode

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When you come to Cuba – as you ought:
And wonder at grandeur that speaks of past wealth
Look past the rough to seek the smooth
Find beauty in all, buildings both great and small
And search for the riches still to be found,

When you visit the Cubans – as you must:
You will find peace and harmony in their homes
Generosity and love in their hearts
Joy in their music
And sweet succour in their food…

When you come to Cuba – as you could:
Abjure the glitz and gluttony of inclusive resorts
Forswear the fancy tourist bars
Decry the hamburgers and fries
Eat, drink and live with the locals and you will find their joy.

When you walk through the countryside – as you surely can:
Pay heed to the sugar, the coffee, and the tobacco man
And thank nature, man’s labour and above all the sun
For this luxuriant tropical land…

When you come to Havana – as you should:
Find tranquility in its leafy bowers
Seek coolness under the shady boulevard trees
And richness in its kaleidoscope of colours, scents and sounds…

When you rest at Ambos Mundos – as well you might:
Visit Hemingway’s digs and remember with glee
If you can hear the bell toll
It tolls not for thee…

Ernest Hemingway lived at the Ambos Mundos Hotel in Havana for seven years in the thirties and wrote three books including parts of his classic "For Whom the Bell Tolls.". James Hawkins stayed in the adjoining room for one night in 2014 and wrote this blog!!!!

Our world is full of exotic and interesting places that we plan to revisit one day, but rarely do we stumble across a jewel with which we so enamoured that we plan our return before we have left – Cuba is such a gem.

Hasta luego Cuba – we will see you again soon.

Posted by Hawkson 16:38 Archived in Cuba

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A below the surface look at a gorgeous place. It looks like it is full of mystery past and present. A unique look into history ours and theirs.
Thank you

by Sue Fitzwilson

What a glorious trip through history, life, colour...a beautiful break from the brutal polar vortex!

by Sharron

Hemingway was quite the party animal.
He was getting a little, long in the tooth, when he finished Old man and the sea. He went back to the States and shot himself. I think he couldn't stand the thought of getting old; of just being unable to do what he used to do. As for me I just got my first OAS cheque. I'm going to spend it enjoying myself.

by pat Goodeve

Just read through the Cuba sequence. Looks a fabulous place and sound like it will be a regular spot for you. Must be a good choice to settle into a Spanish language program and, hopefully, move beyond Spanish Beginners Level One, my Sargasso Sea.

by Tom whalley

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