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Friday, April 1, 2016

#atozchallenge: A is for Hotel Ambros Mundos and Archaeology




Bonus A is for ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) of Sign of the Green Dragon. I'm offering a free digital copy of my book in exchange for an honest review by August 1. I'll nudge everyone once before that date. Just ask for the ARC in your comment along with format you need & a way to contact you. 







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This year I traveled to Cuba. You know, it's that little island that's spitting distance from Florida and should not be visited without special dispensation. I wanted to see it before MacDonald's arrived. I'm so glad I did. I learned a lot and I met some wonderful people. It seems they like us. Now there's a change!

I'll add a short T/F quiz to each post the same as I did last year about Burma, and I'll post the answers to the questions the following day. 




A is for Hotel Ambros Mundos, which was built in 1929. It was Hemingway's first home in Cuba. Room 511 is a museum and the lobby is filled with pictures of Hemingway and his entourage. 







A is also for archeology.

This was one of the most interesting archeological museums I visited. It was in a cave where the early people of the island actually lived. Their remains and their artifacts are in situ and you have to climb up to it and risk life and limb while roaming inside the cave to see the exhibits.


I had the feeling these artifacts were fairly new.


These aboriginal people were called the Guanahatibibes by early writers 

They lived by fishing, hunting or gathering and may have been on the island when Columbus arrived.




Your T/F Quiz for A

1.While Hemingway lived at the Hotel Ambros Mundos he worked on For Whom the Bell Tolls.

2.Columbus discovered Cuba in 1492.


Answers tomorrow.



52 comments:

  1. I'd like to explore the cave museum. Cool place for one.
    That's your next book? Awesome!

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  2. I don't know about Hemingway and writing his novel in Cuba. But I do know #2 is TRUE! And I'll be happy to read and review your book. A Kindle version would be fine.

    I'm very much looking forward to learning about Cuba!

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  3. I had no idea Hemmingway even went to Cuba - shows how much I know :) Good luck with the new book, what's it about?
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings (72) | Wittegen Press (74) | FB3X (AC) (75)

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  4. It's interesting that the hotel has highlighted Hemingway's stay there. Your book sounds interesting, I'd love to review it. A pdf works fine for e.

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  5. ... very cool stuff!

    Welcome in the letter "A"... thank you!
    Jeremy [Retro]
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host [2016]

    Stop over and find a free "SIX STRINGS: BLOGGING AtoZ CHALLENGE" Here: http://www.jmhdigital.com/

    HOLLYWOOD NUTS!
    You know you want to know if me or Hollywood... is Nuts?

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  6. I am going to take a guess: #1 is true and #2 is false. I want to go to Cuba even though you can now do it easier it has loss a little of its intrigue. What's your book about? Does this have the mining story?

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  7. Hi Lee - I had to withdraw .. but I'll enjoy reading these and your take on Cuba ... sounds as though you had a great time.

    Cheers Hilary

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  8. How cool the museum was in a cave. I'd love to see it and Cuba. Glad you had a good time.

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  9. This Lee is an excellent start to the Challenge, wonderful to read and awesome pictures of a place I've never seen. Good luck.
    Yvonne.

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  10. It's a lot of fun to see your pictures from Cuba! It would be interesting to know if the artifacts in the archeological museum were truly as old as they say, or newer as you mentioned they seemed. I'm looking forward to the rest of your posts!

    My post, "A is for Amigurumi" is up over at my blog, Ink & Stitches. I hope you come by and visit: http://blog.jhwinter.com

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  11. Doesn't sound like a bad spot. I think I'd risk life and limb to climb up to see.

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  12. I would really have loved to explore that cave! I love sites of ancient cultures. You have certainly had some interesting trips!

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  13. I'd loved to have seen that hotel and Hemingway's room. The cave? Ah, I've seen too many horror movies!!! :-) Best of luck with the new book.

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  14. The cave sounds fascinating - except for the death defying element :) Great post. Have a lovely weekend.

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  15. Can I go with both may be true?

    I can read it by August. I read on Kindle. I've been trying to catch up on my reading list.

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  16. I'd say true too, but I'm always wrong. LOL
    I'd love to read your book!

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  17. I think the first one is true and the second one false. I wonder if I'll ever have reason to travel with an entourage like Hemingway.
    Susan Says


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  18. True and False answers; I'm thinking #1 true, #2 false.

    I think Cuba would be interesting to visit; I bet it will increase in tourist destinations now that some of the restrictions for travel have been lifted.

    thanks for visiting :)

    betty
    http://viewsfrombenches.blogspot.com/

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  19. Very cool hotel and museum! I'm saying true too. I would love to read your book. Mobi format, please. :)

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  20. Oh, that's exciting you were able to visit Cuba!! Thanks for sharing the photos/information. Fun topic for April!

    -Lauren

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  21. I have to regret that I'll probably only get to see Cuba once McDonalds (and all the rest of them) are there. :-(

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  22. First of all, I'm so impressed by your website! Love it. And secondly, what a fab post! While this is very random, I think 1 is True and 2 is False. :D

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  23. Interesting post. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. I knew Hemingway worked on some of For Whom The Bell Tolls in Cuba. I believe he also worked in several other places. Very nice pictures of Cuba and it is nice to know that the hotel room from Hemingway is a musuem.
    All the best in the Challenge.
    Shalom,
    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  25. I'm going to say true for both, but that's just a guess.

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  26. I'm also saying true for both. Looking forward to your posts this month - I love learning about places I've never been. What an amazing trip you must have had.

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  27. I still remember the saying Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. Yes, he discovered Cuba.

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  28. True! :) I'd love to see Cuba, but my husband wouldn't go so it's unlikely I'll see it in my lifetime so thanks for the pictures! :) Good luck with the chalenge this April, too. X

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  29. My guess is true. Did Hemingway write everywhere? It certainly seems that way! Lucky guy.

    And what an awesome museum. Cuba hasn't been at the top of my list, but I'd be happy to go if the opportunity arose.

    You can put me down for an ARC. I know how important those early reviews are.

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  30. I would love to visit Cuba, but sadly it isn't spitting distance from BC, Canada. Might as well be on another continent. Still, I've got it on my bucket list. Thanks for the lovely photos.

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  31. I thought it was difficult to come up with one topic of A! Three is amazing! It must have been really very special to visit Cuba.
    Kathryn Discovering Daisies

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  32. I thought it was difficult to come up with one topic of A! Three is amazing! It must have been really very special to visit Cuba.
    Kathryn Discovering Daisies

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  33. I was under the impression American weren't allowed in Cuba. Sine I'm obviously wrong, I"m looking forward to learning more about the place from you! :)

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  34. Fascinating! Looking forward to a great trip with you this April!
    Jemima Pett

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  35. Yippee! You are sharing photos of your travels! Love it! Can't wait to see more! I'm in the midst of reading Sign of the Green Dragon and I'm enjoying it immensely!

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  36. That's awesome that you got to visit Cuba! And that cave museum looks incredible. Looking forward to all of your posts!

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  37. I got to see Hemingway's house in Key West, FL. Nice to see the Cuba pics, too!

    Yvonne

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  38. Great A post. I love the way you have your site set up. Those books in the header are amazing.

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  39. Hmm, not sure about the answers but I'm thinking #2 is false...

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  40. Fascinating. Hemingway had an interesting life. I saw a similar display at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore where he also stayed. I'm guessing T for both.

    Pioneer Women in Aviation A-Z

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  41. I always wanted to be an archeologist. If I could do it all over again and make a living, I would go for it.

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  42. Very interesting post! Love the quiz - looking forward to tomorrow to see if my answers are correct!

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  43. This sounds like a fascinating trip. What an interesting museum. I am sure you had fun exploring. Loved seeing the pictures! I say true to both...
    ~Jess

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  44. I still have to get to Cuba before all the Hiltons go up and Starbucks. This is interesting to read and I think both questions are true:)

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  45. Great post. Cuba is a place I would like to visit sometime. I would like an ARC to review in mobi format for kindle. I think you already have my email.
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  46. It's neat that you got to see Hemingway's home. A friend of mine was stationed in Cuba a couple years ago and had some beautiful pictures of the shoreline!

    I'm not sure about 1, but 2 is true :)

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  47. I'm wondering how do you pronounce Guanahatibibes. I love the sounds/rhythm of words...
    The Cubans would be fools not to like you, Lee! Not liking you would be their loss.
    Writer In Transit

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  48. If you don't already have a long list of reviewers, send your book my way. I'd love to read and review it. I have a Kindle if that's the easiest way to get it to me. mary.aalgaard at yahoo.
    I'm going to come back often during the challenge to learn more about Cuba!
    Mary at Play off the Page

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  49. Cool museum, you get a workout and history at the same time. For Type T thrill seekers who might normally avoid museums, this might be one they'd go to, especially by adding a couple of bungee jumps. LOL. www.mauijungalow.com

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  50. Gorgeous pictures. What a lovely experience visiting the museum and learning about Cuba. I just finished reading your book and recommend it. Kids, boys especially, will love it.

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  51. That cave museum looks cool. I know several people who are huge Hemingway fans and would love to visit that hotel.

    True and False.

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  52. Stopping over for the A-Z road trip.
    Looks like a good theme of places you have visited.
    That looks to be an interesting museum to visit.

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