Havana Daydreamin’

Where to next?

Not Havana.  Not yet.  But maybe soon.

36 years ago this month, I covered the Trinity College basketball team as the first American sports team to play in Cuba since the revolution in 1959.

Here are some of the pictures I took of Havana as it looked in 1980.

We stayed at the Hotel Sevilla, once the playground of American mobsters, still proud in its faded glory.

Hotel Sevilla

Room 162










We drank mojitos at La Bodeguita del Medio, which claims to be the birthplace of the cocktail, and where Hemingway would come to consume them in heroic quantities.  True?  Who knows?

La Bodeguita del Medio

La Bodeguita del Medio



Mixing mojitos.





A night at the Tropicana

Beautiful boulevards and buildings.

scan0073scan0091Pre-Revolution American cars, that still ran by necessity on ingenuity.

scan0098 scan0100A proud woman, who graciously let us into her home to show us what little she and her family had.

scan0108 scan0109 scan0110But most unforgettable:  the faces of some of the friendliest people I’ve met anywhere.

scan0112 scan0113 scan0115 scan0117 scan01202016 should see the continuation of the thaw between the U.S. and Cuba.

American airlines are ready to start service to Havana as soon as the government says go.

And maybe I’ll get to revisit a place I never thought I’d see again.


About Gerry

I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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6 Responses to Havana Daydreamin’

  1. Wendy says:

    Hope you are able to revisit and soon! Thanks again for sharing the wonderful memories of such grand trips you’ve enjoyed! Here’s to many more in 2016! Happy New Year, Gerry! 🙂

  2. necfrides says:

    i miss the brooks file.

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