The Pattersons, long-time Wildland alumni, joined our Art, Music, and Dance Founder's trip to Cuba for a deep dive into Cuban culture. They had a great time and shared their highlights with us:
"What a great Cuban adventure with a great group of people! We saw and experienced so much in such a short period of time. I found the history of Cuba to be fascinating. Our guides, Joslin and Marlon, were fantastic and our driver couldn't be nicer. I can still remember where I was during the Cuban missile Crisis, so walking through the tunnels and feeling the history and seeing the pictures displayed there was a highlight. I loved the music; my favorite was the band at the Yacht club and the open-air performance in Trinidad that Nancy and I attended. The dancing there was unbelievable. We had fun dancing at the club where Pablo's son performed and it was a great way to interact with the locals. The choir singing at Cienfuegos was well done and a nice surprise."
"The Fine Arts Museum was especially interesting due to the very knowledgeable and inspirational docent. I am a fan of street performers so the night stroll down Prada boulevard stands out. I could have spent all night watching the Brazilian kick boxers and other activities going on. I loved being on the bus and watching the Cuban landscape fly by. I found the perspective of the film we watched interesting, where Fidel sent youth into the country side to educate the masses. The presentation by one of the "then" students, as to what it was like to leave home at such a young age with a purpose was very educational."
"I was impressed with the recycling and ingenuity of the Cuban people after visiting the ration center and open-air market. The man repairing and refilling BIC lighters was an example as well as all of the old, restored cars. The whole trip was such a positive experiences and we're look forward to our next Wildland adventure!" - John Patterson