Downtown Santiago de Cuba by the Cathedral
Jose + Marta's courtyard in the rain
We sat on his lawn chair furniture in the entrance way living room of his home. His family, his music and books; they are all here. Jose is a happy man. It is a simple life. He wishes for more but is content, if not resigned to his lot. He has retired now from teaching Spanish Literature at Oriente University. His wife Marta, still teaches cultural studies there, has a few more years to go.
We talked late into the afternoon catching up on old times, exchanging school stories. Maryanne and I caught a ride back to the hotel in a beat up old gas guzzling cab amongst the traffic rush for a short siesta before dinner. Tonight I am hosting the first Cuban School Projects meeting of this trip, either here upstairs on the rooftop patio or in the downstairs piano bar if the heat hasn't dried it out yet. The latter might be better in case I need the Internet. All in all it was a relaxing, satisfying very typical Santiago de Cuba day.
PS: The internet is soooooo slow here. I am updating Comments daily for all the posts. Life is happening faster than I can write it down sometimes so my own blog coverage might be intermittent. However I will be back next week. Stay tuned. Also, check Ask Angelo for your unofficial OECTA updates re: Reinstate Richard Brock!]