June 16 – June 23, 2012
Day 1. Primarily a travel day. Bring snacks and patience as air schedules are a little complicated. We will be sending exact travel dates, times and schedules in the departure package.
Day 2. We will meet in the morning in Old Havana and visit its historical center. We will visit a Fotoeca of Cuba. The history of photography in Havana dates back to 1840 we will examine the transformation of the society and culture through photography and walk the history laden 4 squares of Havana. We will try to visit a school time permitting.
Day 3. In the morning we will examine the photography that corresponds to the revolution of Havana. We will visit Modern Havana in Vedado. After lunch we will vist Mureando a community art project and also visit a family doctor and acromercado which is a Cuba free vegetable market. Time permitting we will visit a senior community center. In the evening we will visit Morro castle to experience the ritual of the cannon.
Day 4. We will visit Las Terrazas. This is a self-sustaining small community outside of Havana which will give us a chance to see some of the countryside. We will see small shops in homes and visit some natural spots.
Day 5. We will visit Regla and Guanabacoa, the towns and the museums. We will have a bit of lecture as well as experience the folklore of the area and an understanding of Santaria a religion that combines Voodoo and Catholicism.
Day 6. We will head for Varadero for a day on the way we will stop to visit Matanzas on the way. If all goes well lunch on the beach and visit highlights of Matanzas for some picture taking.
Day 7. We will visit an organic garden and learn to see how people of Havana have embraced organic gardening and herbal medicine. We will then have lunch. In the evening we will meet and discuss the process and the pictures taken with our teacher and guides and discuss the journey.
Day 8. Departure Home.