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  • William Lee 6:33 pm on January 24, 2013 Permalink  

    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.

    This is the front of the Park View Hotel, where we stayed. You can see some of the lovely outdoor seating where we often met for our daily excursions. To the left of this photo is a small park with big trees. Beyond is the outdoor portion of the Museum of the Revolution and across from that is the Museum of Fine Arts buildings.

    This is the front of the Park View Hotel, where we stayed. You can see some of the lovely outdoor seating where we often met for our daily excursions. To the left of this photo is a small park with big trees. Beyond is the outdoor portion of the Museum of the Revolution and across from that is the Museum of Fine Arts buildings.

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    We had a tour of Habana University Law School by one of the students. This photo was taken in front of the Alma Mater sculpture.

     

     

    Industriales fans!

    Industriales fans!

     

    Our meeting with the directors of the Cuban Society of Constitutional Lawyers.

    Our meeting with the directors of the Cuban Society of Constitutional Lawyers.

     
  • William Lee 5:50 pm on January 24, 2013 Permalink  

    Our Cuban adventure began with a 5:00am arrival at the airport where we were met with a surprising, and seemingly random, baggage charge. Group money took care of it. Upon landing in Havana, the other passengers on the plane erupted into applause. What did they know about the plane that we did not?

    We then proceeded through customs where Danny K.’s reading materials were subjected to great scrutiny by concerned immigration officials. His copy of the Cuban Constitution seemed to allay their fears. We then walked out into the Cuban sunshine and many revolutionary slogans and met our guide, Arturo. A tour of Havana followed.

    After this post, I will attempt to post some photos of the first day of our tour.

    Greetings from Che. His visage is everywhere.

    Greetings from Che. His visage is everywhere.

     
  • William Lee 8:23 pm on January 7, 2013 Permalink  

    Here is our trip itinerary and contact information:

    January 14: 3:00am shuttle from Colby College to Portland for 6:44am flight on Delta 1249 to Atlanta; then Delta 2173 to Miami.

    January 14 & 15 (nights): Comfort Suites North in Miami (ph: 305/888-8404); meeting with Cuban American National Foundation on the 15th and walking tour of Little Havana.

    January 16: 8:00am flight to Havana on Wilson International via Sky King SG 1301.

    January 16-24: Hotel Park View at Calle Colon & Morro (ph: 011-537-861-3293).

    January 24: 8:00am check-in for 12 noon flight to Miami on WIlson International via Sky King SG 1302; night at Comfort Suites North in MIami.

    January 25: 3:03pm flight on Delta 2373 to Atlanta; then Delta 704 to Portland, arriving 9:07pm; shuttle to Colby College.

    Catedratico Lee

     
  • William Lee 9:25 pm on December 10, 2012 Permalink  

    This website allows students in the class to post but not anyone else. If anyone could post, we would be subject to Spam. The Internet in Cuba is very slow (and expensive), and we do not have the time to sort through it. We will attempt to post most every day, but parents should not be alarmed if there is no entry on any particular day. It just might not be working, or our activities during the day and evening may not allow sufficient time. Data transmission time for photos may be prohibitive.

    Itinerary modifications: I have canceled the Saturday afternoon session as agreed. This means you have Saturday afternoon and evening free for exploration and investigation in Havana. Other modifications are pending. I will post when I know them. Remember that Friday afternoon after lunch we are at American Interests Section. Amistur will not type that into our itinerary. Right now I am arguing with Amistur over how close to American Interests they will drop us off for our afternoon session. Our bus will drive right by American Interests, but they will not stop there. It has to be some distance away. Grrrrrrrrrrrr!

    There are no activities planned on January 14 when we arrive in Miami after an incredibly early start. the afternoon and evening are yours. On the 15th, after our meeting with CANF, we will take a taxi to the heart of Little Havana for lunch and to explore. We will be picked up by bus at 3:00.
    Mas tarde
    Bill

     
  • William Lee 3:53 pm on December 10, 2012 Permalink  

    Tu catedratico hard at work preparing for class.

     
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