|September 20, 2011 | Cuba, Photos By J.Yuenger, Travels
Vedado, Havana, Cuba : Cousin Ramón takes us to the Cementerio De Cristóbal Colón, Havana’s massive, sprawling graveyard. Someone at the gate tries to charge us to enter ( my Spanish is not good enough to be able to tell whether this is an official entrance fee or a suggested tip ), but Ramón convinces them that we have relatives here and have come from the U.S.A. to pay our respects. The place ( Necropolis, it’s sometimes called, which is appropriate : a city of the dead ) is full of ornate, often gaudy crypts, some of which are larger than any I have seen before. We look at a big open-air platform which is used for burning corpses, and we search for bones. There are quite a few. Ramón works for a society of descendants of settlers from Spain and we are allowed to explore this group’s private art deco crypt, which extends three stories beneath the ground and holds hundreds of bodies.
Kevin meets his Grandparents for the first time.