Met professional dancers at Casa de la Trova

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Map of Santiago
 
 







 





 
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1a having a meal, 1b cathedral,  1c cathedral from Granda hotel
2a night scene, 2b boat to island,  2c Granda Hotel dining room
3a B&B, 3b row boat 3c talking with taxi driver
 
 
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1a Trova musucians 1b cathedral
2a santiago airport 2b Moncada barracks












 

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1a Casa de la Trova, 1b Melia de Santiago Hotel
2a Trova musicians 2b city hall where Castro declared revolution over
3a Trova dancers, Maye & Astrobal 3b Moncada Barracks










 
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1a Trova musicians 1b Santiago cathedral
2a Santiago international airport 2b Moncada Barracks











 

 
SANTIAGO is the second largest city in Cuba with a population of 434,000, and located in the
south-eastern area of the island 540 miles from Havana. The city had an influx of French immigrants in the late 18th century with many coming from Haiti after the slave revolt of 1791. Santiago harbor was also the location where Spain surrendered to the US after the Spanish-American War in 1898.


The Cuban Revolution began on July 26, 1953, when a small contingent of rebels led by Fidel Castro attacked the Moncada Barracks. Today, one section of the barracks is a museum about the Revolution. On January 1, 1959, Fidel Castro proclaimed victory from a balcony on Santiago's city hall.


JUN 18: Today was our transfer day to Santiago on a 1.5 hour flight for a three night stay.
We woke up at 8am for our transfer to the airport at 9am. The plane? A Boeing 737(ironies abound). We checked into the Melia de Santiago, located at a 5 CUC (about 5 dollars) taxi ride into central downtown (or Old Town/Historical de Santiago). After dinner at the Melia de Santiago Hotel, *Alexander, his girl friend, Diya, and I took a taxi to the Casa de Granda Hotel's 5th floor patio bar for drinks.  We ended up at the Casa de la TROVA, not far from the Granda hotel to listen to some “authentic” Cuban music and some great professional dancing.
 
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(* = the 3 of us; the others in our group did their own thing, because they were led by a travel company owner
 
 













 


JUN 19: Santiago. Today was our taxi and boat ride to the island inside the bay of Santiago.
We had lunch at a second floor porch restaurant, and had the pleasure of a musical duet who provide us with some Cuban music during our meal. A property owner came over to the restaurant to see if Alexander would be interested in buying it, because Canadians are
allowed to purchase property in Cuba. The house sits on waterfront property with a pretty large lot, but it's a fixer-upper that may have future potential as a B&B or rental. However, when we
returned to Havana, an architect that Alexander met told him it's better to invest in Havana.


JUN 20: Santiago. There are several good museums in Santiago. I was able to visit two today;
the first one was to the Santiago's Moncada Barracks where the revolution began. The building itself still has damage from the attack on July 26, 1953. There are many flags and banners in Cuba with July 26 on them. This is where 140 rebels attacked the federal garrison, but the army soldiers with more weapons made the assault a near-total failure. Many of the rebels were captured and executed. Fidel and his brother Raul were put on trial. As the saying goes, they lost the battle but won the war. This was the first armed action of the Cuban Revolution. The long struggle ended in 1959.


The Emilio Barcardi Moreau Museum was completed in 1927. It houses three themes; archaeology, history, and art. The archaeological room displays Cuba's aboriginal culture and different groups and their development. There are also two mummies of the Peru culture, and one from Egypt that belongs to the Pharaonic Dynasty. The history room has a panorama of the city from its foundation until the contemporary period. Also are belongings and objects of Jose Marti, and of other patriots and personalities. The art room presents works of different stages of the cultures of Santiagoan, Cuban and European. 
 
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We ended up at Casa de la Granda Hotel for lunch where I had fried chicken, french fries (didn't know french fries could taste so good!) and Bucanero. After lunch, we walked to the open market a few blocks away, and looked at the crafts, CD's, clothes, jewelry, and other goods for sale. Alexander took us to the B&B where he stayed during his recent visit to Santiago. Alexander also saw his friend Yuri (used to be a pilot who trained in Russia), but is now a taxi driver.   

 


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