We decided the plan for the evening would include: mojitos at one of the Nacional’s bars, dinner at the nicest restaurant in town, and then dancing at a salsa club. We left Marc to get freshened up and to check our e-mail. In case you want to get online while in Cuba head to the Nacional. It is one of the only places you can find a decent connection and you do not have to be a guest to use their computers.
After donning my little black dress for the occasion, Kristin and I went to meet Marc. We found him with a huge smile on his face and a bag of my vice (chocolate). He said, “Everyone deserves a present on their Birthday.” I was so touched! Chocolate is a luxury in Cuba and he had spent quite a while walking around trying to find some for me. The three of us then sat to watch the sun set on El Malecon and to drink our mojitos and eat my chocolate. El Malecon is an eight kilometer street in La Habana that runs along the water and offers stunning views. At night mostly lovers meet there for romantic rendezvous’ and to listen to make shift bands play until dawn.
Next, we went to La Guarida. This restaurant is famous for having the Cuban movie “Tresa y Chocolate” filmed inside it. If you choose to eat there, which you absolutely should, make sure to make a reservation in advance.
Unfortunately, Kristin started to feel bad towards the end of dinner, so we decided to nix the salsa club and take her back to the hotel. Marc and I did not want to end the evening just yet, thus we decided to have a few more drinks in another Nacional bar. We continued our intriguing conversation from earlier in the day. I was enchanted by his round-the-world trip, as I had always dreamed of doing one myself. He offered to show me his pictures and I agreed instantly. After looking at his pictures, Marc came up with the idea of going for a midnight dip in the hotel’s pool. Now I was going to be in a forbidden pool in a forbidden country. ¡Ay dios mio!
All in all, it was the perfect Birthday. Muchas, muchas gracias Kristin and Marc for a day I will never, ever forget.