My morning meeting was cancelled today due to road closures--it was impossible to get from my part of Havana to the section where Kadir Lopez, one of the most exciting artists around, lives. Frustrating, but when life gives you lemons....take a walk in Old Havana.
President Obama and his family toured Old Havana yesterday in the rain, so I expected to see welcome signs, posters, etc. Nada. I saw no evidence that the Obamas were here. He is set to give a speech tomorrow in the classic Alicia Alonso Theater, to the Cuban people and civil society--but only a few have invitations. The closest I'll get is watching the televised speech tomorrow--if they ever announce the time.
Strolling on Obispo St., site of the famous Floridita Bar, where Hemingway held court and tourists now out on their bucket lists, I looked for Obama paraphernalia and saw nada, but I did catch a glimpse of Hall-of-Fame baseball player Dave Winfield, here as part of the Major League baseball delegation, and I passed one store that carried a few T-shirts of Los Rollings.
Tomorrow, barring further road closures, I'll be filming Ivan Soca. Wish me suerte!
Your man in Havana,