Lee & I arrived in Havana yesterday for a 2wk trip to Cuba – our first bonafide Gap Year adventure! For this first week, we’re part of a health care education exchange arranged by MEDICC, a US-based non-profit that arranges trips for American groups interested in learning about Cuba’s health care system, which (FYI!) has achieved many high-level health goals with a performance that meets or exceeds US health care performance. But more on that later!
These first few days have given us a dramatic introduction to Havana, and an up-front view of much that we had heard and read about Cuba -e.g. the amazing beauty and contrasts of the city, with historic architecture standing beside crumbling buildings; photos & tributes to Fidel & Che everywhere; the famous Malecon boulevard ringing the city, complete with dramatic sunsets and pounding surf; and the proud showcasing of1940’s & 50’s American cars meticulously preserved with the uncanny skill & resourcefulness of people with strikingly few resources.
Internet access is incredibly limited here, as we knew, so am posting a few photos now – more to come later this week on what we’re learning about their health care system. A pretty incredible start, to be sure!