We slept in a bit on Sunday, tired from traveling the previous day. However, we awoke to find breakfast prepared for us: eggs, ham, cheese, fresh bread and juice, and Cuban coffee. Our house included the services of two maids - one who cooked breakfast for us, and the other who cleaned and coordinated the schedule for the security guards. We had 24-hour security guards, working in 12-hour shifts. We were later told that this was only a precaution, that the chances of theft or crime were next to nothing. (This neighborhood was one of the safest, and like in Thailand, minor infractions come with steep penalties.)
After breakfast we headed to Old Havana to walk along the Obisbo, one of the main tourist attraction areas of Havana. Our driver for non-Parma related activities was named Ronnie. Ronnie drove a 1957 Chevy, sky blue and rigged with a sound system, sub-woofers, and an iPhone 6+ jury rigged into the cigarette lighter. Amazing to see this intersection of classic cars and modern technology! Classic cars are everywhere in Cuba - as a result of the embargo, these are the only American-made cars on the streets, from pre-1960. (The remaining automobiles are from Germany, China, Russia, or Korea.) It was not uncommon to see the classic cars broken down on the side of the road, their owners fashioning some sort of replacement part. However, the concept of ‘planned obsolescence’ was challenged at all times. Case in point: The van hired by Parma as our main means of transportation was a Mercedes, with over 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometers) on its odometer!