Today was a free day in Havana, as the tour does not start until the welcoming meeting at 6:00pm. After breakfast @ 8:30am, I was trying to figure out where I could change my currency on a Sunday. I could only think of the currency exchange at the airport, which would incur a 25CUC taxi fare. However, after conversing with the landlady (who doesn't speak English) she pointed me in the direction of a bank 3 blocks away that would be open on Sunday. It felt so good to have money in my pocket. Continued walking around Old Havana until 4:00pm, when I returned to the guesthouse. The following are some assorted pictures of Havana.
view from guesthouse
Che Guevara features predominantly on many buildings and posters throughout Cuba, and is highly revered as a hero of the revolution. American flags are also quite common, and it seams that, whilst the USA government is hated because of the ongoing blockade, Cubans don't have a problem with Americans in general.
Upon returning to the guesthouse, my room was empty and the bag removed. Turned out I was moving to another guesthouse as a start to the tour. Despite the language problem, my landlady drew a map showing the new guesthouse, which was only a block away. This guesthouse is more appealing then the original one. After the welcome meeting, we had a group dinner at a local restaurant, followed by drinks at a local bar.