CH 4. Thursday, Mar 12 - work in progress

Cuba 2015

Thursday, March 12:

Today, we are off to Santa Clara, about 50 miles from Cienfuegos. 

Cienfuegos to Santa Clara


The big picture
(OK. I admit it. I'm a map freak.)

We spend the morning at the Che Guevara Museum. Inside there is no photography allowed.  I figure I can capture the moment by recording the tour guide, but since I have to keep the phone in my pocket, the audio is pretty well indecipherable. Therefore I don't really remember all the wonderful things I learned about Che. I only know I left the museum with new respect for the man.

Photography is allowed outside. In the foreground, that's workers' rights activist, Cezar Chavez. The sign reads "Our Best Friend."

The writing under the Che statue is "HASTA LA VICTORIA SIEMPRE." The clumsy English translation might be Until Victory Always, which, I suppose is like the Dalai Lama's
Never Give Up
.

For lunch, we are in for a real treat. NatureArte is more than a fine restaurant. It's a community project which includes a sculpture exhibit, a zoo and an organic farm. Prior to 1999 it was an empty lot filled with garbage. Their blog features a wonderful description of the place, and the love that went into its making.

Not being a Spanish speaker at ALL, I put this into the computer translator, and it came out like this:
When he has dried himself and complete river destroyed
and complete killed tree
and complete fish,
then the man will only realize,
that cannot eat the money
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I think I get your drift

Following are a few photographs of the spectacular sculpture built into the grounds.

Coming in off the street, one enters a large open area via a sort of bridge. Looking left, you are greeted with this piece. A sort of nature goddess nymph with three lifelike characters lolling about in front of her.

The goddess is the only sculpture in the place that isn't white.

The person in the back is playing a violin, and the one in the foreground appears to ba just posing, perhaps bathing?

the philosopher

Rita, on the right, is joined by two women from the Cuban Women's Federation, who were nice enough to come by and tell us about their organization.

Thank you to our marvelous chef and his staff.

Sam's Spanish is quite good, but he like to practice. A constant kibbitzer, he always gets a smile out of whoever he talks with.

Netting is used rather than pesticides on NaturArte's large urban farm.

The payoff.

These Cuban Parrots are like something out of a Disney cartoon. Most of the birds are in large, 20-foot high netted areas, but these guys are caged, unfortunately.

In contrast, this fella is allowed to run free.


And here are a few more sculptures that have been artfully worked into the landscape:


And finally, the washrooms... straight out of Bedrock. Freds on the left, Wilmas on the right.

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