Although Americans tourists are banned from entering the country, I went under the journalism category.
It's only an hour flight, Cuban visa can be bought during check-in at the airline counter before departure, just don't forget your passport. I exchanged dollars into their convertible  (CUC) pesos upon arrival. I stayed at an hostel next to the baseball stadium. I focused on videotaping their culture alone rather than being somewhat biased traveling group with their hectic schedule. One day took a Soviet era Lada taxi to outskirts of Havana to visit a Deaf school. They asked me what we Deaf Americans do with our obsolete TTY as we are using VP nowadays, hopefully some organizations will donate those equipment. I felt like was blasted into the past, surrounded by all those vintage automobiles.



The Vatican in Rome, Italy is doing something different this year, creating a Nativity scene using 720 tons of sand, thought that was cool. The Pope probably build sand castles on a beach when he was a child. 
The sculptors just completed their tasks yesterday, just in time when they lighted their giant Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square, hope you all will have a wonderful holiday season, and start writing up those resolutions to get a fresh start on the upcoming new year. 

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