Buena Vista Social Club

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We’ve been looking forward to another cultural experience that Arleene lined up for us as a group. Again we rode together in a caravan of classic American cars. This time our transport was a 1957 Chevrolet retrofitted with a Toyota diesel engine, transmission, and air conditioner. It definitely didn’t sound like an American muscle car! Our route took us along the waterfront and west to the Hotel Habana Riviera and the Legendarios del Guarjirito, a nightclub show celebrating Cuban culture of the 1950’s! Among the performers were three original members of the Buena Vista Social Club! It was definitely a memorable experience capped off by some audience participation that had us dancing up on stage! On the way back to our ship we learned that on Saturday nights the people of Havana gather along the seafront promenade to socialize. There seemed to thousands of them shoulder to shoulder three and four deep for a couple of miles along the sidewalk next to the seawall!

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