We are up early and have our cappuccinos in the hotel lobby at 5:30 a.m. We are staying at the Hotel Parque Centrale in Havana and it is very elegant, and for me, a huge surprise. I love this hotel. It feels a bit like a plantation hotel with a very tropical feeling in the lobby and the rooms are spacious and elegant.
We leave early for what is called the “Dawn Patrol”. The photographs from the morning patrol are wonderful as the light is amazing. It makes such a difference. We return to the hotel about 8 a.m. , have breakfast and get organized until 9 and then meet to head out for the day. Today we visited the Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym and photographed as best we could without interfering with the action. Creating portraits of the young boxers was a delight and they are so proud of their training and involvement. We left there and had a very nice lunch and then returned to the hotel for a well needed nap. We met again at 5 and headed out to a neighbourhood in Havana Centrale and photographed the life and activity on the street. We were back to the hotel for dinner and then attended a Photo Tech display of prints by well know Cuban photographers. We are meeting very talented Cuban photographers. All photographs so far have been taken in Havana.