So, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are coming to Cuba on March 21-22 to watch baseball. At least they are scheduled to attend an exhibition match between The Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National Team on Tuesday March 22. On Friday, the Rolling Stones are playing the final leg of their Latin American tour in Havana at the Ciudad Deportiva.
Not so long ago, the preceding paragraph would be seen as a futuristic spoof of a very different Havana. For this month, this is simply what’s on in the trendiest spot in the Caribbean. A famous visitor, spot of baseball and some good music!
Obama’s will be the first sitting US president to visit Havana since Calvin Coolidge in 1928 and only the second in the history between the two countries. Expect massive wall-to-wall international coverage and a security presence that is likely to shut down Havana for the duration of his visit. It is a mark of the sign of the times that last year at this time we were talking about Paris Hilton’s entrance at the Habanos Cigar Festival, this year’s version now about to come to an end with the Gala Dinner. My money for Secret Santa this year is on the Terminator.
This issue has as its main feature Cubanía, which may be loosely translated as the essence of being Cuban. From dominoes to Guarapo, to the simple nature of playing on the streets of Cuba and Havana’s latest style-cuts, being Cuban eludes too clear a definition, but we like it!
One day absolutely not to miss this month is Tuesday March 8, which is of course International Women’s Day. This is taken very seriously in Cuba—flowers are an essential accessory.
Elsewhere March is a great month, winter seems to have ended, and it is safe to go back to the beach, to lounge in the Caribbean sunshine. The Americans have definitely launched a tourist invasion but they aren’t so bad really—just avoid the timing when the tour buses meet the cruise ships in Old Havana!
New bars and restaurants continue to enliven the social scene in Havana and there is ample choice of music and dance events at this time of year. Enjoy.
The LaHabana.com Team
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