I am working on a new/different phone right now, and it is mystifying me a bit – Android (don’t like it much) – but I’ve been taking some photos of the sights and sites at the base here in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. There are certain things and certain directions I’ve been told should not be photographed, of course.
The air terminal is on the other side of the bay, so you have to take a ferry back and forth from windward to leeward.
The main chapel.
It is dedicated to Our Lady of Cobre.
Our Lady is venerated under this title here in Cuba. You can look up the story online, which is quite interesting. You can see in this statue, the “three Juans” who found the statue floating in the sea. How she got to Cobre is a different tale!
I tried to buy some fresh flowers at the NEX (Navy Exchange) but they didn’t have any. We’ll figure something out.
Sunset on my first evening.
After Sunday Mass one of the parishioners, a officer with greatly eclectic interests and a fine conversationalist, was kind enough to shuttle me to see some of the sights.
This is the landing place of Christopher Columbus on his second voyage in 1494.
It seems that Lion Fish are invading the bay. Everyone is told that they can and should be killed – without limits. I like the part that says: “they can be consumed in a variety of delicious ways”. Intriguing.
Here is a little lighthouse with a small museum.
View up the bay from the lighthouse.
My quarters are decent but spartan. I got some food stuffs from the NEX and discovered that there was no can opener and I had chosen a can of tuna without one of those pop tops. So, back to the old ways. My handy Swiss Guard – Swiss Army knife supplied the correct gizmo. When you travel it is wise to bring something like this along. You never know. And the mug will stay behind, a gift for the chaplain.
The daily Mass chapel. Both the Extraordinary and Ordinary Forms are in use here!
Sacristy with my stuff laid out for tomorrow.
Gitmo is loaded with iguanas. They are pretty much everywhere. On the way to one of the beaches yesterday we spotted a few white tailed deer which, though fully grown, we very small compared to the bigger critters up north.
A pano from my balcony. I hope we get some clear weather. I’d like to see, especially, the stars.