Today we’ve had a fascinating transition from the U.S. to Cuba. Havana is only about 212 miles from Miami, but was a trip through a type of time warp. This afternoon we took our hotel shuttle to Miami International Airport, Concourse G. Our agent helped us check in and obtain our boarding passes. We boarded our Boeing 737 and headed south across the Florida Straits to Havana. We landed 50 minutes at Terminal 2, which is the older Havana Airport. (Most international flights arrive at the new large terminal built by Canada—one of our very best allies.)
We passed through customs okay, except that I was “detained” and asked a few questions. Nothing serious—I always expect it because I am the group leader. After that, we met our Cuban Travel Guide and got on the bus. We were taken to the Hotel Santa Isabel, which has one of the best locations in Old Havana. Right outside is the Plaza de Armas, and a fortress built in the 1500’s. We had a short walk to our dinner at El Templete Restaurant. Afterwards a few of us walked around Old Havana, listening to beautiful Cuban music at various venues. There was a full moon overhead, which helped highlight the architecture of various colonial buildings. We are looking forward to a very interesting week ahead.