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 Esteban Amador is an archaeologist, explorer, photographer, and the host of a National Geographic TV series titled Mysteries of the Underworld. He specializes in aerial, terrestrial and underwater photographic technologies. For ten years, he directed the National Geographic Society-Waitt grants program focusing on exploratory research, cutting-edge technologies, and proof-of-concept projects. During his time on the National Geographic staff, his work included participating in scientific projects seeking to discover evidence of a seafaring culture among the Maya throughout the Mesoamerican barrier reef, as well as the documentation of shrines and sacred architecture along the Yucatan peninsula. His stories have been published by National Geographic and the Explorers Journal blog. Fabio is passionate about storytelling through compelling photography and a contribution to science through National Geographic Expeditions.

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