HAVANA GETS MORE INTERESTING ...& MORE COMPLICATED

  The window in a Habana Vieja shop, highlighting some of the week's happenings. The first U.S.-Cuba baseball game since the 90s and of course, the Friday concert by Los Rollings (Stones, that is.)

The window in a Habana Vieja shop, highlighting some of the week's happenings. The first U.S.-Cuba baseball game since the 90s and of course, the Friday concert by Los Rollings (Stones, that is.)

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.

  A political mural Ken stumbled across.

A political mural Ken stumbled across.

  The mural  close up.

The mural  close up.

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,

Ken