Post by kerouac2 on Dec 24, 2017 8:07:52 GMT
First of all, I must say that we did not do this place justice, because the walk to go there turned out to be about five times longer than we originally thought. However, there are no regrets about the walk because it provided countless photo ops. It just prevented us from feeling like doing much exploring once we finally arrived. When we reached the University of Havana, it seemed like it could not be much farther since we had already crossed most of the city. The area was less and less pedestrian friendly, so we began to wonder about the possibility of taking a bus. Bixa stopped a friendly woman lugging bags of groceries, and said she was going right by there. All we had to do was follow her. Considering what she was carrying, it couldn't be much farther. Wrong! On and on we went, and at long last we arrived at the back gate of the cemetery. It had a lock and chain on it, but it had long outlived its utility and it was easy to walk right through, right past the sign saying that entrance was forbidden and that tourists must go around to the main entrance to pay the visitor fee. We thanked the woman and entered with confidence, then with a little less confidence when we saw a sort of guard standing near the entrance to keep an eye on things. But she just said hello and we stumbled along.
Frankly, our first impression was "just another cemetery."
This was the newer section in the back, so there were relatively few crosses on graves but quite a bit of military and revolutionary glory.