June 10, 2008

Driving Star -- Project Allende 1

I just got back from a night of music in the Bauern hotel, a worker-run cooperative and a nineteen story high hotel three blocks from my new place. There were Cubans, Venezuelans and some Argentines and 3 gringos, myself included.

About a half hour ago I shook the hand of an older doctor, the host. He's ninety now and he became famous due to the fact that he took a bike trip on with one Ernesto 'Che' Guevara.

He wrote a book about it called "Con el Che por America Latina", (With Che through Latin America). His mate's book was called Diarios de Motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries), you may have read it, or seen the movie? His next book was even more interesting. I recommend them if you ever decide to drive the route.

Señor Alberto Granado is here from Cuba to celebrate the birthday of his friend who would have turned 80 this month (a mere kid) if he hadn't been shot in Bolivia the year he was to turn 40.

Saludos del Che y de Alberto!

Posted by Tony Phillips at June 10, 2008 04:56 AM

qué amor granados!!
y que amistad la que tuvo con el che. cuando fue la revolución, el che lo mandó llamar. granados se fue a cuba, organizó el sistema de salud en la isla, se quedó allí y se hizo un cubano más.

Posted by: tatú at June 10, 2008 05:07 PM

Damn. Was hoping for a candid pic of Gael...

On a personal note, your neighborhood is coming up? Sounds like a great time!


Posted by: Laners at June 14, 2008 06:43 AM

Thanks for keeping us up on your starlit affairs, Tony! ;-)

Posted by: Mika at June 23, 2008 09:45 PM