The courtyard outside my room at my Cienfuegos casa particulare.
I got a quick orientation to the city, not wholly by my own choosing. My casa particulare, located just a few blocks from the bus station, is spectacular. It has an open-air courtyard with ornate French furniture surroundedc by ferns and potted plants. An iron swing sits near the entrance. My room not only has a flat-screen TV, the first I’ve seen in Cuba, but a fully stocked refrigerator of beer, soda and water. Again, like all casa particulares in Cuba, it’s only 25 CUC ($25).