May 26: Architectural Preservation; Projecto Muralhando; Habana Compas
This morning we take a walking tour of Old Havana and meet a Swiss educated Cuban architect working with the government to restore infrastructure and Havana’s Spanish Colonial architectural beauty. As a result, apartments, home to several generations, must be vacated while whole buildings are renovated to reverse five decades of neglect. The Mooring facilities along Havana Harbor have been improved to accept a single cruise ship which may bring as many 3000 visitors at a time. The Cuban government is working to improve infrastructure to accommodate that many additional visitors at one time.
This online site shows other views of Habana Viejo.
Then, boarding the bus, we were taken to the Havana barrio that is home to Projecto Muraleando (mural making). We were given a tour of the facility by one of the volunteers, fellowed by a Cuban Salsa concert during which one of the singers singled out Amy for an impromptu dance. Wow, she cuts a mean rug, even on concrete!
After lunch at a paladar, we experienced an exciting dance and cultural performance by Habana Compas .
Still pictures don’t convey the energy these people needed to perform, but one does have a hint of the joy they felt. Check this out.