Isla de Juventud, Cuba

Jan 03, 2018 - Harmony V

We woke up today anchored at Siguanea bay and after breakfast we headed towards Modelo prison where our guests visited the prison that was home to Fidel Castro, Raul Castro and eight of their comrades who were captured at the first attempt to overthrow the Batista government.  They were imprisoned for 18 months and then expelled to Mexico.  The Modelo prison was also the place where the manuscript for “History will Absolve me”, the famous book by Fidel Castro was written.  We then visited the large buildings that housed thousands of prisoners.  After the visit to Modelo we continued our journey to “Casa de Maternidad” located in Nueva Gerona, the capital and principal city of Isla de Juventud.  Here our guests interacted with doctors, nurses and pregnant woman who are at risk and therefore are under the care of the clinic’s personal.  After this visit we traveled to the center of Nueva Gerona and visited the local art school where kids performed and interacted with all our guests and this was followed by a walk through the main avenue.  After lunch at La Isla restaurant we boarded our buses and headed back to the ship.

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Fabio (Fe) Amador is a Senior Program Officer for the National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants Program, which is dedicated to funding exploratory research around the world. He has traveled and worked extensively throughout Latin America and is presently collaborating with research projects in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Peru, El Salvador, and Madagascar. He has also traveled regularly to Cuba over the past five years on educational and scientific missions for National Geographic. As a trained archaeologist, his interest in Taino Indian culture (which spanned the Greater Antilles, including Cuba) is focused on the sacred landscape and the use of caves for ritual activity. In his role at National Geographic, Fabio uses imaging and visualization technologies to provide new ways of capturing data and to document the experience of conducting research and exploration. His initiative in supporting worldwide research has resulted in a workshop titled The Art of Communicating Science. This capacity building initiative is aimed at students, scholars, explorers, government agencies, and stewards of the cultural and natural patrimony, so that they can be trained in how to develop, design and use imaging technology to document, protect, and communicate the importance of their heritage through exploration, discovery, and storytelling. Fe's continued effort in communicating science has allowed him to use photography, cinematography, and other multimedia tools to reach large audiences through his public lectures at universities, presentations at international scientific and professional symposia, publications in scholarly journals and on National Geographic’s Explorers Journal and NatGeo News Watch online blogs.

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