CUBA!

To Cuba with Love Code Pink Delegation

To Cuba with Love Code Pink Delegation

Beautiful Havana

Beautiful Havana

150 of us, including both Orien and I, left the U.S. from Miami on Feb. 8th. We had a packed schedule of meetings with various representatives of sectors of society and government and saw wonderful cultural events– art, music, dance, film and a small slice of nature on the beach and at a bio-reserve called Las Terrazas. We fell in love with the people and now care deeply about the complexities of Cuba’s next steps with US negotiations. They need to be off the Terrorist List (who are the terrorists in the relationship really?) and they need an End to the Embargo. In the meantime we hope more tourists will go to help their struggling economy…

img_5236[1]I loved being with Orien… we were together part of the time and apart for part of it but both of us were sharing this vital experience and I really appreciate that she took her time to go with me.

img_5530[1]On Valentine’s Day morning I experienced Michael’s soul quietly intertwined with my own. No lights. No sirens; but a sure thing. After that my human Valentine and I joined a busload or our fellow and sister Code Pinkers to enjoy a chilly Caribbean and later  that night partied with our hosts into the night.

I want to go back. I want Orien to be happy as she now moves on to language school in Guatemala. My heart is full with the beauty of my human family and the larger human family which we must constantly love and tend as we would those closest to us.

Cuba, a nation of 11+ million on an island < the size of Louisiana.

Cuba, a nation of 11+ million on an island < the size of Louisiana.

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