Calixto Garcia Brigade | Cuba – Lonely Planet Forum

I finally made it back to Cuba, and I finally travelled on a solidarity brigade. It was an exhausting but very worthwhile experience. We started from, and departed from Holguin, one city I had never visited on all my trips a decade or more ago. There were over 30 of us, so we had a large bus, which almost, but never quite, ran out of gas as there is a shortage in Cuba, especially in eastern Cuba. AND also an issue with drinking water!!!

Unlike the Che Guevara brigade, we did not stay in dormitories, but rather in hotels, in one case, in Gibara, an extremely nice hotel which made me feel a bit uncomfortable. I expect that the Cuban organizers who stayed where we stayed were keen on doing this though.

We visited Guantanamo, Santiago, and Bayamo (another city where I have spent very little time — and is quite lovely). We went to hospitals, schools for regular kids, schools for special needs kids, an old folks day care (wonderful people including a man who had fought…

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