Dear Mom & Dad,
Greeting from Havana, Cuba.
Around every corner brings some adventure that is filled with faded textures, shady business at times, hanging laundry, different smells, people dancing in their homes, music wafting through everything and lots of laughter from both of us. Might be having too many cafes con leches, cheap beers and pina coladas with very colorful straws. Walking & photographing loads, and exploring everything. The architecture is fantastic, the cars hilarious tankers and little beep beep cars crammed with people! People keep asking me if I am Mexican.
Took a drive to Vinales with a handwritten map from the hilarious pot bellied car rental man. Scary how spot on it was. Bit of a relief to be out of the hectic streets of Havana and into the countryside which is unreal. Women with umbrellas, horse drawn carriages clip clopping along. Amazing countryside view from the hotel balcony. Roosters crow and crow at all hours. There are no billboards, advertisements or box stores. Rented bikes and rode around in the hot sun along the plantations. My seat was too high. An impromptu photo shoot for Olly with local kids playing futbol in the beautiful fading light was the perfect ending to an already wonderful day. The visual stimulation is incredible, and Cuba will make you work for it! Amazed by it all, and happy to have shared everything so far with Olly who has many more adventures before him as he travels on after I leave.
Please do tell the cat that I love him still and I hope that he has been watching his weight as the summer months will be here before he knows it.
Love your daughter, Aelana.
P.S. Yes, Mom, I have been drinking bottled water.