Day 2 in Cuba:
We met with a representative from the North American Institute for Friendship with the People and felt very welcomed. For the rest of the morning, we listened to directors from the Cuban Society of Constitutional and Administrative Law. The students met Dra. Dorys Quintana, whom I had met 14 months ago on my last visit to Cuba. There was a lecture format before opening to questions. Our students were familiar with the Cuban legal system from their studies before we left Maine and asked very good questions.
We had lunch with Dra. Quintana at a a state restaurant called Casa de la Amistad. [All restaurants on this trip were excellent and were able to accomodate vegetarian diets- 5 of us.]
In the afternoon, we met with professors (all lawyers) from the University of Habana Law School. Both were older men (Fidel’s age) and presented a lecture format. However, they were very eager to hear and respond to any questions our students had. Again, the group asked a variety of concise and probing questions, quoting excerpts from the Cuban Constitution.
We were on our own for dinner and fanned out to discover various eateries in our area. The Park View Hotel is located in a very central, but quiet area in Habana Vieja (across a park from the Museum of the Revolution and the Museum of Fine Arts).
Our translator/guide, Arturo, who is a baseball fan, was able to get us into a baseball game that evening. It started at 8pm. Kyle started the Industriales trend by buying a hat as we entered. Many of our group sported hats and tee shirts by the time we left. Since we had a 9am start the next day, we left around 11pm with a 5-4 score. Arturo’s team (the Industriales) was trailing. Some watched the remainder of the game from the hotel lobby to see the end (5-4). It was hard to leave, but we were glad we didn’t miss any action.