Profs Marta y Jose Luis from the Jose Marti Society/ Pedagogical Institute
Today they have taken the computers home to share as they explore further and use them on their own. Once again my day seemed short and amazingly similar. The morning sunny is especially vibrant out by the pool. As the afternoon heat builds the dark clouds again rolled in exploding in a mad burst of torrential rain that lasted for a few hours. However the heat continued to build.
It is now evening and the dark is settling in along with a cooler drop in the temperature. After dinner at the buffet tonight Maryanne and I are going to enjoy a traditional evening of Cuban music, culture and dance, a part of the special itinerary Marta has put together for us. Each cultural strand is supported by the government in jobs and funding organized around a little casa or house dedicated to preserving, continuing and representing each in the local communities across Cuba wherever they are popular or originated.
Santiago de Cuba is especially steeped in culture. It has continued to thrive, perhaps even more so having been cut off from the outside world for so long after the revolution. There is popular contemporary music and culture in the clubs and all that too, but we are looking forward to the real thing, rumbas, afrocuban and traditional music without the commercial influences. Over coffee and rinks I afterwards also informally catch up with the teachers progress and difficulties working on the new computers today.