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Here is my wife, struggling, to avoid defeat, on the patio of the Hotel Nacional in Havana, Cuba. We were on a cultural visa and what better culture to share than Innovation? Sadly, I didn't win using Socialism (that would have been too perfect). Empiricism was good enough to do the job.



We also played in a beautiful (but deserted) hotel hobby in Matanzas and in the airport lounge at Jose Marti Airport. Four games during the trip, two victories each. (Oh, and Cuba is a pretty awesome place to visit too!)

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okami31 wrote:
Awesome!
Reading your profile I see my trip has some special resonance for you!

FYI for all my fellow Yankees, the Cuban people were beyond gracious. Even though things have not always gone well with the United States (understatement) every Cuban we met was delighted to talk to an American. So friendly, so kind.
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skutsch wrote:
okami31 wrote:
Awesome!
Reading your profile I see my trip has some special resonance for you!

FYI for all my fellow Yankees, the Cuban people were beyond gracious. Even though things have not always gone well with the United States (understatement) every Cuban we met was delighted to talk to an American. So friendly, so kind.

I'm glad that was the case and that you guys didn't get that nasty norovirus running around.

Cubans are usually very friendly and loud and they make do with whatever they got. There's no hard feelings for Americans, that's just propaganda and all that jazz and what you gotta do to look "revolutionary". Plus, by now, most Cubans must have at least somebody in the States if not several.

Can you tell more of your cultural visa trip? Did they go easy on you at the airport? That's usually the most intimidating and negative experience, especially for visiting Cubans (military staff can be mean).
 
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okami31 wrote:
skutsch wrote:
okami31 wrote:
Awesome!
Reading your profile I see my trip has some special resonance for you!

FYI for all my fellow Yankees, the Cuban people were beyond gracious. Even though things have not always gone well with the United States (understatement) every Cuban we met was delighted to talk to an American. So friendly, so kind.

I'm glad that was the case and that you guys didn't get that nasty norovirus running around.

Cubans are usually very friendly and loud and they make do with whatever they got. There's no hard feelings for Americans, that's just propaganda and all that jazz and what you gotta do to look "revolutionary". Plus, by now, most Cubans must have at least somebody in the States if not several.

Can you tell more of your cultural visa trip? Did they go easy on you at the airport? That's usually the most intimidating and negative experience, especially for visiting Cubans (military staff can be mean).
The airport did have the coldest person we met, which was the woman checking my passport. She was kinda mean looking and didn't have much patience for my almost nonexistent Spanish, but once past her all was well, no problems for any of us. The doctor just took our note saying we weren't sick, the drug sniffing dogs sniffed us for 2 seconds (kinda lazy dogs!) and said we were ok. Actually, after that, we didn't deal with any Cuban officials at all.

Nobody check our cultural itinerary but I thought that was more a US law thing than a Cuban thing. For the whole trip, we were just tourists seeing the sights. There was a sense of being cut off because US credit and bank cards don't work in Cuba, so you're living entirely on cash. No plastic safety net.

We only had four nights there so we couldn't do a lot. Two trips to Old Havana, a walk through the neighborhood around the Hotel Nacional, two Havana Museums (Revolution and Modern Art), an evening at Carnevalle, an evening at the Tropicana, and we got to see members of the Buena Vista Social Club perform. And then a day at Matanzas where we explored the famous caves and just wandered the streets.

It was a great trip (even without the four games of Innovation).
 
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skutsch wrote:
okami31 wrote:
skutsch wrote:
okami31 wrote:
Awesome!
Reading your profile I see my trip has some special resonance for you!

FYI for all my fellow Yankees, the Cuban people were beyond gracious. Even though things have not always gone well with the United States (understatement) every Cuban we met was delighted to talk to an American. So friendly, so kind.

I'm glad that was the case and that you guys didn't get that nasty norovirus running around.

Cubans are usually very friendly and loud and they make do with whatever they got. There's no hard feelings for Americans, that's just propaganda and all that jazz and what you gotta do to look "revolutionary". Plus, by now, most Cubans must have at least somebody in the States if not several.

Can you tell more of your cultural visa trip? Did they go easy on you at the airport? That's usually the most intimidating and negative experience, especially for visiting Cubans (military staff can be mean).
The airport did have the coldest person we met, which was the woman checking my passport. She was kinda mean looking and didn't have much patience for my almost nonexistent Spanish, but once past her all was well, no problems for any of us. The doctor just took our note saying we weren't sick, the drug sniffing dogs sniffed us for 2 seconds (kinda lazy dogs!) and said we were ok. Actually, after that, we didn't deal with any Cuban officials at all.

Nobody check our cultural itinerary but I thought that was more a US law thing than a Cuban thing. For the whole trip, we were just tourists seeing the sights. There was a sense of being cut off because US credit and bank cards don't work in Cuba, so you're living entirely on cash. No plastic safety net.

We only had four nights there so we couldn't do a lot. Two trips to Old Havana, a walk through the neighborhood around the Hotel Nacional, two Havana Museums (Revolution and Modern Art), an evening at Carnevalle, an evening at the Tropicana, and we got to see members of the Buena Vista Social Club perform. And then a day at Matanzas where we explored the famous caves and just wandered the streets.

It was a great trip (even without the four games of Innovation).

Was it the Bellamar caves?

I was born in Havana but moved to Santa Clara when I was like four, so I don't remember much of the capital except for a few things. You've officially seen more than me!

It's cool that you got to see more of the proper Cuba, as Varadero and the Keys are the more tourist friendly places, which I also haven't seen, but at the time, Cubans weren't allowed to go to those places without the company of tourists. I don't know if they have changed that law since.

I always try to take Innovation on vacation trips but fail to play it for one reason or the other. I must learn from you, sensei!


 
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