Monday, March 19, 2012

Dog Day Afternoon

Here we go again!

As per normal, my trip to Cuba began with a ride on Coach Canada.
This time I had the joy of being on a MegaBus.

Cubana Airlines has once again change it's leasing partner.
The recent relationship with Canada's Flair Airlines, it's Boeing 737s and Canadian crews seems to be history.

Now the supplier is Avion Express of Vilnius, Lithuania. They fly AirBus A320s that have had their interiors refurbished at Mirabel Aero Services in Montreal, Canada.
It's good to see the return of the Cuban crews.

All bags coming off the aircraft in Cuba are xrayed or otherwise screened before they appear on the baggage carousel.
Should something catch the eye of a screener your baggage tag will be marked.
Note one of our tags below.

What was in this bag you ask?
Farrier tools.
We jokingly called them our "equine manicure kit"!

A special thank you to Dr.Angel Mario, the on duty airport Veterinarian.
He expedited our entry paperwork and guided us through Aduana (Customs).

It was a long day. My head finally hit my pillow at about 5:00am.
With little sleep I don't understand how Krystal could be all smiles in the morning.
Perhaps it was nerves. Susana and Gladys were preparing to send her to the CADECA.
CADECA = Casa de Cambio = Currency Exchange

Knowing that our travel day would be arduous ... a light schedule was planned for "Day 1"

At noon we arrived at ...

This was the site of the Campeonato Panamericano

We had the pleasure of meeting with
Miguel Calvo Cartaya, FCC President.
Federación Cinologica de Cuba (FCC or the Cuban Dog Breeders Federation)

Hey guys look ... the Rotties have tails

It was an exceptionally fun day.
And a great way to ease into the week.

Many breeds were represented.

photo by:Suana Hurlich
After a fine dinner at Union Francesca de Cuba and a brief encounter with John Lennon...
... it was back to the hotel.

We ended the day in my room packing for the next day's activity.

This week will be filled with sterilization clinics and deparasitization events for dogs and horses.

1 comment:

Brian Gordon Sinclair said...

Hemingway On Stage thanks you for sharing your trip and your great, great work.