What To Expect:
Explorers Club Trip Highlights
This journey begins and ends in the robust city of Havana. Although just ninety miles from Key West, Havana feels light-years away. Here, life spills out onto the streets in a celebration of the everyday: musicians practice their rifts in the open air, dancers catch the tune of the breeze and twirl to the impromptu beats, families gather, and artists see the building walls as their canvases. Jump in! Stroll down the Paseo de Marti el Prado, a tree-lined promenade, to the Parque de la Fraternidad. This is where the city’s “Old Taxis” gather. Engage in conversation with the local drivers and they’ll enthusiastically compare notes on vintage automobiles, the similarities and differences of driving through the streets of Havana and American cities, and the work that goes into caring for their cars. Your next few days in Havana will be an inspiring whirlwind. You’ll compare and contrast ideas regarding the architectural heritage of your hometown and theirs as you walk through Havana Vieja and visit Escuela de Taller with a University of Havana Professor of Architecture; you’ll speak with notable dancers about what it’s like to be part of a professional dance company in Havana and New York City; and you’ll exchange perspectives on U.S./Cuba relations with an expert on Cuban foreign relations as well as with young artists whose work reflects the changing political and social environments in Cuba and America. You will also have the opportunity to go beyond Havana to the Cuba countryside. You will meet produce farmers in the stunning Viñales Valley. Over a farm-to-table meal you’ll converse with community members about the organic and local food movements in both Cuba and the United States. Your time in Cuba will end with a unique meal at one of Havana’s most famous paladars followed by a private performance of traditional Cuban music. You’ll have the rare honor of meeting the musicians and discussing with them how Cuban music has crossed-over to the U.S. and vice versa.