[Edit: I recognize that the language in these first few entries is very basic. It's because I wrote them in Spanish and have translated back to English here. My Spanish really improved over the course of the trip, and the quality of the entries improved likewise.] :)
I really like my Cuban host family. There's Lute and Jorge, the grandparents who we met first because the others were at the beach today. Now we've met the others--Ailyn, our house "mom", her husband Luis and their young children, Sergio and Bryan. My room is better than I expected--I have my own with my own bathroom, a mini fridge and a wall A/C unit. Two other girls, Lauren and Rachel are staying here too, in a different room. They went on the Guatemala trip together last year.
However, Cuba seems fantastic--there is beautiful architecture, the almendrones or máquinas (the classic American cars), the strong sun, propaganda from the Revolution (and a distinct lack of other ads or billboards), and busts of José Martí everywhere! I mean, I knew that el Che and Fidel would probably be a big deal, but I've seen much more of the much earlier patriot, José Martí.
Tonight we are going to a jazz club called Café Miramar and I think it'll be really fun. Later this week, we are going to tour the city--the Malecón, the monuments and neighborhoods, visit the Regla Museum and the Revolution Museum, and check out La Habana Vieja.
Now I'm going to take a nap and maybe shower too (it's super hot here!) before our first dinner with the family and our first night out in Havana! Hasta luego.