What should I do in Cuba?

I’m headed to Cuba within the next 30 days for a week-long trip at one of the ubiquitous all-inclusive resorts in Varadero. I don’t think I’ve had a relaxing vacation any time in the past 10 years. So I’ll be happy to sit on my butt and do nothing the whole time. I won’t have internet access, a mobile phone, and I won’t bump into anyone I know. That’s 99% paradise just like that.

I’ll be there at a time of year when the sun doesn’t shine every single day and temperatures dip from time to time. So I won’t be snorkelling and kayaking the whole time (the extent of my physical activities).

I wouldn’t mind checking out some of the local culture as far away as Havana. I like good music and good food and natural beauty over cityscapes. I don’t care about the night life. But I’m pretty much game for anything.

I haven’t travelled much. This will be my first time in Cuba. Any suggestions?

Black Dub East Coast Tour? (I think not)

Black Dub apparently went on an east coast tour in the fall and now they’re doing a west coast tour. But what qualifies as east these days leaves a lot to be desired for those us who live on an actual coast in eastern North America.

A message to Black Dub management: St. John’s, Newfoundland is east. So is Halifax, Nova Scotia. Even Moncton, New Brunswick is east. Any further west than that isn’t exactly east, and it definitely isn’t coast.

So when you’re ready for a real east coast tour, get the band on a plane to St. John’s and then go from there. We’ll be ready for you.

The Holy Heart Auditorium (at 709-754-1600) would be a great venue for Black Dub (just saying).

Message to Black Dub management ends here. Everyone else, check out the live footage. It’s beautiful.

A Movie for Dylan Fans

Masked and Anonymous is described on Rotten Tomatoes as an “Unintelligible and self-indulgent Bob Dylan vehicle,” but that might be missing the point. For me, it’s a movie about moments, most of them disconnected from any kind of discernible storyline, and it’s those moments that count, not the overall picture. That’s the moral of the story, finding the sacred in the ordinary, like a Dylan song, totally open to interpretation. And it has a great soundtrack.

I also laughed out loud through many of Dylan’s scenes. First of all because his movements are off-kilter and inadvertently comedic. Secondly because he has two modes: talking and not talking. No reactions, no emoting. Sometimes he moves his eyes. Dylan is so cool, what else do you need? I enjoyed it.

Via The J-Walk Blog.