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  • 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.

     
  • Adam Nielsen 1:22 pm on January 22, 2013 Permalink  

    Hello again,
    Adam here, I got word from Bill that they are all doing well, but the internet in Cuba is proving to be a challenge. To that end he doesn’t think that he will be able to post anything until they return to Miami.

    Have a great week, and stay warm!

     
  • Adam Nielsen 4:06 pm on January 18, 2013 Permalink  

    Hello,
    My name is Adam Nielsen, I work in ITS at Colby. I got a message from Bill that he and all the students made it safe to Cuba, but their internet connection is not very good and he isn’t sure when (or if) he will be able to add a post himself. So I’m posting this for him because he didn’t want anyone to worry.

    Have a great weekend!

     
  • lhlee 7:07 pm on January 15, 2013 Permalink  

    Thomas tries his hand at dominoes (after saying, "How do you play dominoes?") with a group of folks in Little Havana at the Maximo Gomez Park. Maximo Gomez was the military leader in the 1895 War of Independence from Spain.

    Thomas tries his hand at dominoes (after saying, “How do you play dominoes?”) with a group of folks in Little Havana at the Maximo Gomez Park. Maximo Gomez was the military leader in the 1895 War of Independence from Spain.

     
  • lhlee 7:05 pm on January 15, 2013 Permalink  

    We have had a slow connection in Miami, so it is highly unlikely we will be able to post photos from Cuba, where the Internet is much slower.. 

     
  • lhlee 6:47 pm on January 15, 2013 Permalink  

    This morning we met with Omar Lopez, Human Rights Director for the Cuban American National Foundation, for over two hours. He gave us a history on human rights issues in Cuba, his own story of being blacklisted in Cuba for human rights activities, and how he survived the next 13 years until he could emigrate to the United States. Due to his activities here in the United States, Cuba would have imprisoned him if he traveled there when his parents were dying. It was highly educational. What will we be told in contrast once we arrive in Cuba?

    We then went on a self-guided tour of Little Havana, walking several miles on Calle Ocho. We then broke into smaller groups, and ours visited the Bay of Pigs Museum on a whim and ended up spending the next hour with a veteran of the invasion, who gave us a day by day account of the battles as the exiles invaded Cuba.

    After an excellent lunch at a small Cuban cafe, we stopped at Maximo Gomez Park and watched elderly Cubans playing spirited games of dominoes. While two of our Spanish speakers, David Bendit and Emily Boyce, conversed in Spanish with an elderly Cuban, Thomas Gregston was cajoled into a game. Showing the usual Colby passion at excellence in all endeavors, he won the game, though it was not immediately clear to the rest of us, or him, how he did it.

    Assuming we can successfully post pictures, several follow. I do want to say that no one should expect to see any posts for the next two days. We have a very busy schedule extending late into the evening.

    Catedratico Lee

    Omar Lopez, Human Rights Director at CANF, and Catedratico Lee at CANF Headquarters in Miami

    Omar Lopez, Human Rights Director at CANF, and Catedratico Lee at CANF Headquarters in Miami

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  • lhlee 3:11 pm on January 9, 2013 Permalink  

    We celebrated Jessica's birthday.

    We celebrated Jessica’s birthday.

     
  • lhlee 3:05 pm on January 9, 2013 Permalink  

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    Class at Colby 1/8/13

     
  • 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

     
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