Hemingway Farm

Hemingway Farm

The afternoon was spent visiting Finca La Vigia, the farm where Ernest Hemingway lived for 30 years with his third wife Mary.  As we drove through the entrance, the peacefulness of the property appealed to me as a writer.  The home and guest quarters were set on the hill.  The trees formed a canopy of paths on the grounds.  We were allowed to walk and peer in the windows.  The home was as they left it.  Most impressive were the books.  Every room was filled with the volumes.  His wooden boat, the Pilar, was well preserved and much larger than I had imagined when I read, “Old Man and the Sea.”  Why would he commit suicide?   We tossed the question around.  The consensus was that his heart was broken when the revolution confiscated his property and he left Cuba.  He obviously loved Cuba and having to walk away from his home and belongings sent him into depression.  Suicide is a subject hard to explain.   Leaving the farm, we returned to Havana and a fancy evening meal at a luxurious restaurant.  The main dining room had obviously been a palace.    The ever present band played music and the food was elaborately served but thanks to the revolution, it was not very tasty – the usual choice of chicken or fish.  The thunderstorms that had plagued us all day continued.  We sloshed our way out of the plaza and returned to the Hotel Nacionale.