Date: March 5th - March 12th
Route: Havanna & Pinar del Rio, Cuba
written by: Fenja Bock-Müller
Week 22: March 5th - March 12th
Havanna & Pinar del Rio. This week on Saturday we went to Pinar del Rio by bus. After a three hour journey we had a look at a cigar factory and then went to the hotel. I had a bungalow with Anika. At the evening we informed us about a CDR. It includes that about 100 people from the same neighborhood discuss together, what they have to do in their area to protect the aims of the cuban revolution and to support the government. Some girls of the same age showed us typical latinamerican dancing. One day later we visited two caves and started practising for our presentation at the gala in the school Frederico Engels, which we were going to see on Monday. The restaurant in the hotel, at which we stayed, had German butter from Oldenburg! (: On Monday we drove to Vinales, to visit an art-project for kids with Downsyndrom (Trisomie 21) and painted some pictures with them. Later back at the hotel we had a huge problem, because our door of the bathroom was locked and nobody could open it. But a mechanic solved our problem. Finally in the evening we arrived at the school and met pupils from the 10th and 12th grade, we sat together and asked each other questions.
On the next day they showed us the school and five classrooms and lessons from the 10th grade. In our group we looked at a French lesson. Later in the great hall, after lunch with rice & beans, we learned dancing again. But the European people like us don’t have a hip-joint - I think-, so we found it hard to dance as Latins. At 8 p.m. the gala started and our programm was well received by the students! (: Wednesday we did sports together: we played football, basketball and volleyball. We had lunch the last time at school and then left. The students had painted pictures and made a present for all of us. We took the bus back to Havanna and took a ferry to the Johnny. Here in Havanna we visited the university on Thursday. The students there learn German, English, and French and so on. A few showed us around in old Havanna. We ate ice-creme, went to the bakery and to a party! In the “Catedra de Humboldt” we celebrated with the students, drank cuba libre and spent the last time in Havanna. Yesterday, on Friday, we set sails again in destination of the Bermuda Islands. Greetings,