The Museum of the Revolution was much more interesting than I was expecting it to be and I learned a lot while we were there. I had no idea that there had been an attempt by university students to kill Batista. It was a little crazy to stand in the courtyard of the museum and see bullet holes riddling the walls around me. Seeing the truck the students had used later was strange as well. I think the idea of being around something with obvious signs of violence is a little bit unsettling. I really liked that the museum had documentation of all revolutions in Cuban history. It was great to see such a large collection of historical items. I was particularly impressed by the outdoor section, which had the boat Che and Castro returned to Cuba on.
We went to an indoor open market called Centro Cultural Antiguos. It reminded me a lot of the market in Managua, Nicaragua, but with less kids running around. It was a lot of fun to start looking for souvenirs for my family and I thought it was interesting how a lot of the things they made came apart to make them more likely to survive travel. I also found two tiny wood turtles for myself to add to my collection. One even says Cuba so I won’t forget where I got it. It was interesting to see what all was available at the market. Some items were incredibly similar to items at the market in Nicaragua, but some were much more unique. There were also a lot of paintings off to the sides that I wanted to get a better look at on our free day.
The food continued to be great. Breakfast was a buffet at the hotel, which had so many options I was almost overwhelmed. The pineapple juice was my favorite. For lunch I had shredded beef and for dinner I had lobster. The beef was incredible. I’m not a huge fan of lobster, but I thought it was pretty good and the bread and soup were delicious.
We went to the first movie on Saturday. It was called Matar A Jesus and it was a really well-done film. I thought the characters were genuine and interesting. They sometimes acted in ways different than I would expect them to based on similar films I have seen, and I liked that because it made the film just a little more unpredictable. The ending was more open than I’m used to, so it took me a little while to process that and decide what I felt about it. I do wish there had been something a little more concrete, but overall, I wasn’t disappointed. I liked being able to analyze how I thought it might continue after the credits. The characters in the movie were very well developed and continued to grow over the course of them film. The lead actress was brilliant in such an emotionally demanding role, and I think she was perfectly cast.