No music or rum for tourists after Castro death

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HAVANA: Tourists looking to drink daiquiris at El Floridita, a favorite haunt of legendary US author Ernest Hemingway in Havana, found the entrance gated shut. Others hoping to eat dinner while watching a music and dance show at El Guajirito restaurant stared at an empty stage with a closed curtain. As Cuba observes nine days of mourning following the death of communist icon Fidel Castro on Friday, tourists have been wandering unusually quiet streets in Havana, devoid of street musicians. Authorities have banned alcohol sales, while shows have been cancelled, leaving foreign visitors with few options for entertainment (though some restaurants ignored the prohibition). “As a tourist, you would like to drink a beer, but it’s understandable,” said Vicente Pavon, 28, a section chief at a home improvement company in Madrid.

AFP

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