Welcome to April in Cuba!

Hello, and welcome back!
Quick shout out to my Grandma and Mom, who sent the link of this blog to everyone in my family, including my Great-Grandma Nannie. Now, let’s talk about rum…(haha)

This past week my program took us to the National Rum Museum and we learned about how it’s made, why there are different colors, and the taste, smell, and texture differences between 3, 5, 7, 15 year old rum (we did not try the 25, 40, or 150 year old rum). Within the first 15 minutes of the tour, our guide put molasses on our hands so we could taste what is put in the rum and poured rum on our hands so we could feel the texture of rum that hasn’t aged enough. While on this tour I somehow felt somewhere between a 5 year old after eating sweets and a middle-aged man as we talked about pairing different rums with certain cigars (with our still super sticky hands).

Later in the month my friends and I posed as tourists (not hard to do when you kind of are a tourist), and visited the Hotel Nacional. Before the Revolution the Hotel Nacional was a space for North American gangsters and has a bunker where they used to meet and hide out. We tried to visit the bunker but were cut short by a fairly large deadbolt, so instead we sat near the Cuban flag pole and looked over the Malecon and man-made waterfall that is a large marker of the Hotel Nacional.

The rest of this month we have spent at the University. I am only grateful that I have an 8am for a single reason (maybe two because learning can sometimes be fun), it gives me reason to see the sun rise at the University and it can be absolutely beautiful.

I’ll end on a new spot we just found! It’s an amazing little bookstore that was founded by a former US citizen. She has a wonderful collection of books and an amazing area/garden for people to read and enjoy their coffees in the shade. It makes me miss my public library back home. I’m a little bit book deprived and I wish I had thought to bring more books before I had left.

Anyways, I have a ton more adventures planned in the latter part of this month, check back later for a post Spring Break update!