Havana Adiós – Key West Hello

Now I have a context for Che. Same for the whole Castro story. It all seems more real. I can see the same buildings that they saw, entered etc. Quite the legacy on a little island. I admire the place and it’s unique history.

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Che taxi

On a personal note – everything is peachy keen and PINK! I have some parting words of advice regarding traveling to Cuba. Stay as long as possible. Travel the island not just Havana. If you have them, or to exchange your dollars to Euros costs less than 13 percent, bring Euros rather than dollars. The USD to CUC is penalized 13 percent in the dual monetary system of Cuba. Euros are different.

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

renovation everywhere.

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

View from Parque Central Hotel roof

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

selfie

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

View from Parque Central Hotel roof.

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Cuba cars.

Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett

Feb. 21, 2015, The day we left Cuba marked the first day that a top level representative from the United States Government had diplomatic talks with representatives in Havana, Cuba. Wow. What does the future hold? We have relationships with other communist governments with very bad human rights records and so why not Cuba? I am all for talking our way to peace through closer diplomatic ties.

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett and BJ French departing Cuba on January 21, 2015.

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

B.J. French departing Havana, Cuba on January 21, 2015

Departure and arrival in the US – Miami to Key West, Florida.

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Clouds over Cuba, January 21, 2015.

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Clouds over Cuba, January 21, 2015.

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Seven Mile Bridge, Florida Keys, USA

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Key West, Florida sunrise

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Key West Florida Sunrise

Luckily we saw modern dance on this trip, and looking ahead, I think the ballet will be high on my list next time. Walking walking walking will be on the list. What I loved about traveling with Vik and Tony was the itinerary of humanitarian help with access to intellectuals in literature, music, politics, art, and dance. All that and they were so kind and thoughtful as well as walking us through the airport process. Heck they even got us our own bus between Miami and Key West! Then, like a sunset shows the speed of the earth’s spin, poof, it all went way too fast.

Thank you Mom for such an amazing trip at a historic time in history! Adiós Cuba! I will be back!

Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett is an author, photographer and filmmaker telling the stories of life, family and community with intimacy, honesty and impact. Pickett is Producer, Director and Camera for the award-winning feature documentary film ‘The Fabulous Ice Age’, about the rise and fall of the great American touring ice shows and one man’s quest to save the history, available on Netflix and Amazon. Her short film, 'Steel // Spirit' premiered at MSPIFF and won certificate of excellence in India. Her award-winning books include Love in the 90s; BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, A Granddaughter’s Portrait (Warner Books, 1995); Faeries; Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses (Aperture, 2000); Saving Body & Soul, The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland (WaterBrook, 2004). The recipient of a Jerome and Minnesota State Arts Board grants, three McKnight Foundation Photography fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts award, and a Bush Foundation Fellow, Pickett’s work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.