thought of visiting
but we arent really beach-people and an all-inclusive resort didn't
appeal. An acquaintance told
us that he always stays with Cuban families in their homes when
he visits the island and that seemed
more like our style. Through
the internet, we learn that Cubans are now allowed to offer bed
and breakfast (casa particular in Spanish) accommodation to tourists.
So, in April, we flew to
a car and set out to tour the island.
For two weeks, we stayed with Cuban families, slept in their spare
rooms, ate at their kitchen tables and occasionally watched really bad
Cuban television in their living rooms.
was a unique and fascinating experience! Cuban people are renowned for their friendliness
and hospitality. The welcome we invariably received was even warmer than we were led to
expect. It seemed that everyone we met became
our life-long friend.