March 13th, 2019
This was a free day. Prior to this day, it felt like we were in Cuba for a week already because we were so booked and busy. In the morning we met with Cuba skate and we were their mule lol. This means that we filled a suitcase full of new items to donate to their organization. The items were from a organization based in the U.S that provides them with resources through people who travel to Cuba. I want to be the mule for more Cuban people, especially Black Cuban women. Then we had free time for the rest of the day and I stayed at the hostel, cause I'm an introvert no matter where I am at. I used the time to get my thought together and use the WiFi card all by myself. Usually we buy WiFi cards and share it for an hour, and the more people on it the slower it works. It was still pretty slow since I was alone. I also watched my clothes using dish soap and my makeup brushes. It made me feel like I was in control, despite being in a country where I didn't know anyone and the language. Then my friends met these black guys who talked about the real discrimination in Cuba. They came back and told me all about it then we met up with them later and it was a mess getting there then a mess going around with the guys. They were around our age with unique stories. One of the guys was flirting heavy with my roommate and it was weird, he wanted a romantic night and she was not with it (for good reason).
March 14th, 2019
We checked out of Hotel Hanoi, it was sad leaving because the owners really made the experience great. Before we made it to Vinales, we went to the literacy museum. The museum is about the journey of raising Cuba's literacy rates to one of the highest in the world. It was nice to learn about Fidel making sure everyone on the island can read and write. They used young kids to go into the rural parts of the island to get the job done.
Then my most favorite community partner was next, which I didn't think it was going to be, but it was La Reyna y La Royal. They were amazing rappers and gave us a one on one performance and it was sooooo good like I cried. They are literally like salt and pepper but Spanish. Please Please Please check out their stuff.
Then we went to this sunken place like thing where everyone in the dance group was not black. There was one Black guy, but we got the vibe he wouldn't give us the real tea on working there. Everything about Cuba is diverse except this dance team. It was weird to say the least. They said everything is inspired by African roots, but there was no diversity on the team. Their height and body types were also the same and even their hair length. Again, it was weird. If this was the United States I would not be surprised. Cuba is very diverse, if they wanted black people on the team they could easily get some. Also them addressing the African roots did not hold weight because so many people have been throwing around the term.
Then after that we were finally on to Vinales, which was 3 hours away. It was a nice drive, we mostly slept, well I did. Then when we got there we walked around and then ate.