Old Havana was my favorite place to explore. There are so many different things to see in
not a very large area and it is a great place to walk around and see a lot of the Cuban
culture. We went to a graphic arts studio that also had work for sale. It was interesting to
see the variation in art styles between the artists and to watch some of them work while
we were there. I enjoyed looking at the pieces displayed in the gallery section at the front of the workshop.
I also thought it was interesting that we saw more animals walking around in Old Havana than other places in the city. There were a lot of cats near the cathedral and a lot of dogs laying in different places. Some were pets and some weren’t. I got my picture taken with a clown who had a dog wearing a tiny hat and we also saw a man with two dachshunds dressed as Santa.
I really loved the Fine Arts Museum and I wish we had been able to take pictures. Everything was so different than art I had seen before. I appreciated that we had a tour for part of it to learn more about specific pieces and I liked being able to wander on our own for a bit to see what we wanted to see. There were so many different styles of art and pieces within each style that I’m not even sure I could pick a favorite. There were some interesting sketches of animals at one part that I thought were beautiful. I also liked the pieces that were three dimensional and slightly more interactive. There was one piece that involved a painting on the wall and a sculptural element in front. The colors were divided in interesting ways in the painting and it connected well with the sculpture, even through the differences in style.
We had lunch at the House of Friendship, which is an absolutely beautiful building. I had the shredded beef with rice and beans and I loved it. The beef in Cuba seemed really different from beef in America, but I actually liked it better.
The movie for the night was called The Good Demons and there was a short film that played before it. I wasn’t a big fan of the short film and it didn’t have English subtitles so I had a bit of trouble understanding what was going on. The feature film was good, even if it was a bit unnerving watching a film where one plot line was tourists being killed by a taxi driver. I thought that this film was the most different from the styles of film we are used to. There were more plots and subplots than I am generally used to and it was very open ended. It might have been a little too open ended for me, especially with how many plot lines were not wrapped up by the ending.