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Stopping at Guantanamo for
lunch on the way to Baracoa.
The chef introducing his daughter
Finally having a chocolate candy bar
Driving to Baracoa across the beautiful mountains
Typical apartment complex in Cuba
Rows of sugar cane plant
Baseball -- common sport in Cuba
Rows of plantain tree
In those mountains where Fidel Castro held secret meetings . . .
also, where the revolution was born.
Banana, coconut, cacao, mango, pear and coffee plantation
After touching, it shrinks.
Complimentary drinks served
One big crab knocked and visited Bert and Laura Hill's room
Driving and walking to Nuestra
Senora de la Concepcion Church
Our hotel can be seen across.
See the cross on the roof of Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion
This is where the Spaniards planted the first cross in America --
reportedly brought in by Christopher Columbus and
considered to be the oldest symbol of Christian religion in Cuba
Washing clothes on the road up in the mountain where downhill
U.S. Guantanamo Bay Naval Base about 6 miles away
Naval Base Guantanamo Bay
Guantanamo Bay Naval
Base (also called Gitmo or GTMO) is
located on 45 square miles of land and water at
Guantánamo Bay, Cuba which the United
States leased for use as a coaling (fueling) station
following the Cuban-American Treaty of
1903. The base is located on the shore of
Guantánamo Bay at the southeastern end of Cuba.
It is the oldest overseas U.S. Navy Base, and the only
one in a country with which the United States does not
have diplomatic relations. The Cuban
government opposes the presence of the naval base,
claiming that the lease is invalid
under international law. The U.S. government
claims that the lease is valid.
Since 2002, the naval base has contained a military
prison, the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, for
persons alleged to be unlawful combatants captured
in Afghanistan and later in Iraq. The
alleged mistreatment of all prisoners, the proven
mistreatment of some prisoners, and their denial of
protection under the Geneva Conventions, has been a
source of international controversy.
At the checkpoint -- no photography is allowed but Linda Tom
snapped one . . . the guard
could have held the bus and confiscated all of our cameras in the
bus. Thanks, God!
Billiard with Cuban President Raul