Cuba Libre

A week in the newly emerging Cuba didn’t seem like enough. Experiencing the colors, sights and sounds of old Havana; checking out art galleries and night clubs; meeting journalists and economists; taking a salsa dancing lesson; eating the flavorful food at the new private restaurants, or paradors, springing up all over the island; touring Hemingway’s house; hiking the countryside and visiting a working tobacco farm (and smoking a freshly rolled cigar); and, yes, getting around in one of the ubiquitous classic 50s-era American cars that serve as taxis. It was well worth the visit, and one can only hope that relations between our two countries continue to strengthen.