Havana Night

We stopped back at the ship for a quick run to the buffet before heading out for the 9:30 show at the Café Taberna.  The Café serves dinner but Lonely Planet warned us off the food there.  But the mojitos were good, as was the beer and especially the music. The band was of mixed ages, races and musical styles.  The trumpet player was blonde, … Continue reading Havana Night

Sustainable Propaganda (But Nice Pictures)

October 4, 2016 Much of our trip to Cuba is defined by conditions set by the late Senator Jesse Helms in the Helms-Burton act.  The act limits the conditions under which Americans can travel to Cuba.  We are here on a Person to Person, p2p, program.  Technically we cannot come as tourists but must come on an approved p2p itinerary.   It used to be that … Continue reading Sustainable Propaganda (But Nice Pictures)

Sailing into a Havana Sunset.

Our bus tour took us through different neighborhoods of Havana, through the Miramar and Vedado neighborhoods and we arrived at the pier in time to do a little shopping.  At each place we stopped the seller said “See you Saturday.”  We are not scheduled to return to Havana but Hurricane Matthew is headed toward Santiago in Eastern Cuba so it seems reasonable that we will … Continue reading Sailing into a Havana Sunset.

Cooperative Farm, Cowboys and Cheese

October 6 In many ways Cuba is not the type of Communist country I am used to.  I have traveled in the Soviet Union before the collapse and have visited various parts of the old Soviet empire both before and after the collapse. Cuba is not colorless gray world we encountered in, say, East Germany.  It is colorful and vibrant.  The customs and immigration people … Continue reading Cooperative Farm, Cowboys and Cheese

Waiting for Lunch in Cienfuegos, Communist Problem Solving

After the cooperative farm we are supposed to have lunch at a restaurant between the farm and town, about 20 km out of town.  When we get there two other buses from our ship are at the restaurant.  There is no room for us or the passengers off the bus that pulls in right after us.  The guide tells us we will have to wait … Continue reading Waiting for Lunch in Cienfuegos, Communist Problem Solving

The Second Sea Interlude — Revolutionary Graphics

October 7 This is our second sea day, but I have more time to write and process today, there will be three Sea Interludes today.  So all told we will have 4 Sea Interludes, just like Peter Grimes.  Today’s first, and the trips second, is about graphic art.  We saw a lot of revolutionary graphic art on our travels around Havana and Cienfuegos.  In this … Continue reading The Second Sea Interlude — Revolutionary Graphics

Our Third and Fourth Sea Interludes

My third Sea Interlude is about music.  There is live music wherever we go in Cuba.  There is Cuban music on the ship, at every restaurant where we ate, on the streets, in cafes and music to welcome us to las Terrazas (although not at the cooperative farm.)  Much of the music is new to me, some I know from listening to recordings of Chano … Continue reading Our Third and Fourth Sea Interludes

We Flee the Ghost of Jesse Helms, in a Studebaker

On Saturday, our final day in Cuba the “Impact” team had organized another p2p event for our extra day but Suzi and I both decided that after Cienfuegos we had enough of buses, even very nice air-conditioned Chinese buses, so we set off on our own “self guided” p2p tour.  I intend that this blog be part of the documentation in case the feds question … Continue reading We Flee the Ghost of Jesse Helms, in a Studebaker

The Milk Run

Alaska Airlines has several ilk runs, flights that hop from airport to airport.  They often are numbered in the 60s and 70s.  Flight 62 starts in. Fairbanks at 6 AM and arrives in Seattle at around 4:30 PM stopping at Anchorage, Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan.  Some flights also stop at Cordova, Yakutat, Petersburg and Wrangell.  On a bumpy day they can be a pain, and slow. … Continue reading The Milk Run

Skagway

We arrived in Skagway in time for its evacuation.  Skagway has a year around population on 850 but in the summer the population is on the north side of 2000.  Sometimes 10,000 visitors, tourists and crew, come off of up to 5 ships.  We arrived the second Sunday of September.  The day we arrived we were the last of 3 ferries who were taking people … Continue reading Skagway

White Pass & Yukon Route, STEAM !!!

The White Pass and Yukon Route (WP & YR) is billed as the Scenic Railway of the World.  It’s a narrow gauge (3’) railroad that was built to carry gold stampeders from tidewater at Skagway to, first the White Pass Summit (Late 1898) then to Lake Bennet BC, the head of navigation for the Yukon River (1899) and finally, 110 miles to Whitehorse (1900), beyond … Continue reading White Pass & Yukon Route, STEAM !!!

WP & YR Scenic Railway of the World.

The White Pass is billed as Scenic Railway of the World.   I can imagine with the play of clouds as we climb the almost 3000 feet to the summit of White Pass each trip is different.  With steam power the whole trip is filtered through the fine mist created by the locomotive, we were in the car directly behind old 73, giving the whole landscape … Continue reading WP & YR Scenic Railway of the World.