Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Surprise Trip to Cuba - Part 1

A Surprise Trip

Monday, February 28, 2011 - I announced to Carlos as he left to meet the breakfast group at 7:00 am, “Be home by noon. We are going on a surprise adventure with Alice and Max for his 70th birthday.”

His response:

I can’t go on a trip.
I’m too busy.
I have plans.
I have a training session at the gym.
I have a meeting at the Presidencia (city hall).

Blah, Blah, Blah

My response:

Deal with it.

His response:

6 Days? That’s impossible.
I can’t go.
Change the trip.

My response: (with teeth clenched)

We are going.
We can’t change the plans.
Cancel your appointments.
Pack your suitcase.

His response:

Where are we going?

My response:

I am not at liberty to discuss it.

At 2 pm a van drove the four of us to the Queretaro bus station. Our destination: Mexico City airport.
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Excitement was beginning to build. Questions and guesses were flying back and forth. Alice and I maintained our “no response” response.

5am - Wake up call.
6am - Board shuttle to airport.

They still have no idea where we are going.

“C-oo-ba”, ever so quietly slipped out of my mouth.

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Their response: “CUBA”! FANTASTIC!”
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A few hours later, we landed in Havana...

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and an hour later, checked in to the hotel Parque Central (Central Park)


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