Day seven

By Frank Posillico
January 13, 2012

The group checks out AP's Cuba offices. Carolina Hidalgo/JWW

For our last day in Havana we had a lot of last minute things to do.

After holding our little news meeting in the morning, we went to El Prado to interview a “facilitator,” who really functions as a real estate broker tying home sellers to home buyers. Philly worked on that story.

Highlight of the day was the later visit to the Associated Press office. It was located on the sixth floor of an office building in Havana where you could see most of the city. It was great to learn about how these journalists cover the country that is not that kind to letting them go off on their own and do what they want.

After the tour of the AP office Carolina, David, Philly and I broke off from the rest of the group to go get some last minute things done. We went and shot David’s stand-up in front of a policlinic that we found. We got some more b-roll for the packages and I found a taxi driver that I interviewed about his car and the challenges of keeping it going. The cars in Havana really impressed me. They were beautiful American cars that you don’t really see anymore and the fact that they were still running blew me away.

Chris, Ethan, Adam and Paul went with Professors Ricioppo and Howell for the group’s second visit with Marta Rojas, to finish videotaping her recollections of Fidel Castro’s first attempt to overthrow Batista in 1953.

That night we went out to dinner with the travel agency and captured video, edited photos and wrote up notes for the rest of the night before getting a hour or two of sleep and then heading to the airport.