For the last two nights we have been back in Havana staying with Luis and Fefita who we stayed with when we first arrived in Cuba. They are truly the most lovely people we have met on our travels and have made us feel like family. Luis was always smiling and joking with us and kept calling us his "ninos" and Fefita would always greet us with a huge smile, hug and a cry of "Chicos!". We were actually quite sad to leave them today.
Yesterday we had a final day to explore Havana some more before catching our flight to the Bahamas. We exchanged some books, bought a painting (after an our of should we, souldn't we)...'should' won and we are very pleased, even though we shouldn't be taking anything from Cuba into the states...its a very silly rule!
We then finally made it up to the Capitol building that we had missed the first time around. It is rather reminiscent of the Capitol building in Washington and really takes your breath away. Unlike Washington, outside the Cuban building there are parked some very old and beautiful cars, several horse and carriages and some tuk tuk taxis...there is a lot of charm in Havana. It would have been nice to use one of the funky cars but we decided that they probably charged a very funky price!
I think we stayed there taking pictures for at least an hour and a half...of course we had to go back there this morning before our flight because "the light is better".
We have had a great time in Cuba and it is certainly the most interesting place that we have visited. It is also not as difficult as we had imagined...we had thought more problems would arise! The only downsides are the lack of shops and the absolutely awful food! We have eaten a lot of pizza over the last 14 days as we found that it was the only thing that the Cuban chefs couldn't screw up!!
Also, I think we have said "no gracias" more here than anywhere else; To the taxis "no gracias", to the horse and carriage rides "no gracias", to the photos with a lady in costume "no gracias", to the cigars, the cannabis, the wood carvings the weavings and the jewellery "NO GRACIAS!!".
Seriously though, it is a great country, we are so glad we stopped here and we would both highly recommend a visit here.