Great news—I just found out that all of our fellow travelers made it safely to Miami, so we will be flying south to Havana in the morning. My biggest concern was a couple who left from Boston. The weather has been a big disruptor in the northeast following Hurricane Sandy’s deadly rampage. Another couple had a connection in D.C., but they also made it safely to Florida.
Earlier this week, some people I know seemed puzzled that we were flying from Miami, and they were concerned about how we would get to Cuba. I just said “it’s simple—we will wait for our U.S. Navy submarine to pick us up. It will drop us off near a remote Cuban beach, and we would have to swim ashore.” Of course this was a joke, but some people take me seriously—probably because they are in that huge percentage of Americans who know little about Cuba (but are usually ready to provide a political comment that sadly reveals how little they know). This is one of the main issues concerning U.S.-Cuba relations—an acute lack of interest or knowledge about a tragic situation that unnecessarily affects the lives of so many wonderful people.
For the record—we are leaving Miami International Airport, Concourse D, on American Airlines flight #AA9470, non-stop to Havana, most likely on a 737 aircraft. If it is a 737, the flight will take us about 45 minutes, and in many ways, we will be going back in time fifty years. Most of our fellow passengers will be Cuban-Americans. Some were in Cuba just a week ago; others haven’t been back in over fifty years. For them, it will be a highly emotional trip.