Sailing Joy

03 January 2018 | Watching weather in Charleston
01 January 2018 | Charleston Harbor and the USS Yorktown
30 December 2017 | Joyous on Joy !
21 May 2017 | Home at Saltayre
21 May 2017 | Cape Lookout for last night anchorage
30 April 2017 | Chucherias Dining Room
29 April 2017 | Jeep Week in Daytona - they are Everywhere !
22 April 2017 | The Marathon St. Louis Contingent
13 April 2017 | Moon over Marathon Mooring Field
16 March 2017 | Key West Bight
15 March 2017 | One of our favorite rides !
14 March 2017 | Diana and Jolie
14 March 2017 | Marti Square in Ceinfuegos
11 March 2017 | Plaza Jose Marti at City Center
11 March 2017 | Granma at Museum of the Revolution
11 March 2017 | The Prado
11 March 2017 | Sculpture on the Malecon
11 March 2017 | Gran Teatro de la Havana
11 March 2017 | Santeria Neighborhood
11 March 2017 | Fusterlandia

Thoughts about the Cuban People

14 March 2017 | Diana and Jolie
Excluding all the political rhetoric, Cuba has been forever linked to the US, and the Cuban people have a true affection for their US visitors. Having Diana along, who is fluent in spanish, certainly made the experience richer. We were particularly struck by the love and kindness that Cubans exhibited, not only to us as US visitors, but surprisingly enough to each other. We saw it from the streets, and from the wonderful vision we had from our roof terrace. It was also striking how even the kids were caring and protective of their younger friends and siblings. Kids played in the street, and everyone watched, laughed and participated in their games. Cuban kids dream of a future, like the lovely little girl and her Grandfather we met in the park and her dream to become a ballerina. When Diana gave her a napkin for her pizza lunch she responded "I love napkins",
Regardless of economy, regardless of politics, people continued to tell us that Cuba was a wonderful place to raise kids. Our friend Jaquin, upon leaving Cuba for the US expressed one concern that he never had in Cuba, "Would his children be safe playing outside in the US ?" Marisela and Pedro invited us to sit and talk at their table, their family all eat together every night and family for them was paramount, even through years of struggles after the soviet pull out.
As we have already indicated, it was wonderful making friends with the taxi drivers, and the casa owners. They were a wonderful resource and never failed to provide advice, affection, suggestions and help when needed. Ariel, the owner of our Casa in Centro, was amazing, we felt we left behind an old friend when we left. He visited everyday, and he and Beatriz would sit and talk for long periods about Cuba, their experiences and their families.
There are three things in Cuba that are not tolerated; drugs, guns and pornography. The police crack down immediately if they hear of drug distribution. There is a constant presence of police, nearly everywhere, but they are all young, don't carry guns, mostly walking, and we witnessed how kind and respectful they were, even to an old drunk in Veija. We never felt it dangerous to walk around town, and asked the police a few times for assistance or directions and they would go out of their way to guide you. Beatriz once told us, you "don't be afraid of the police, they will always help you".
Ours was certainly an outsiders view, and there are definitely things about Cuba, and Havana in particular, that we found disturbing, but one thing we left with was an over whelming sense of strength in the Cuban people. They are a proud people, they have survived all the years of embargo, as well as the soviet demise, and they exhibit a sense of solidarity that is hard at times to understand in their smiling faces. They love their country, even though they may dream of coming to the US to improve their economic lot in life. Resourceful, educated and dedicated to family and country, the people of Cuba are the real heroes of the revolution! They are the real sights to see there !
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Vessel Name: Joy
Vessel Make/Model: Catalina Morgan 440
Hailing Port: Vandemere, NC
Crew: John Lark and Diana Borja
About:
John has extensive racing experience on Lasers in Regional races near St Louis and in National competition and previously owned an Erickson 34. Diana has also raced as crew on C&Cs, J14, J36 and on her Ranger 26 (Tango). [...]
Extra: Oliver, the Second Mate/Dog loves sailing and will accompany his owners on the Chesapeake trip. Since he is not boat trained, he will stay behind with neighbors on the Bahama trip.
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