|Changing of the guard between the Granma Memorial and the Museo de la Revolución.|
They stand on the catwalk beside the glass case that encloses the yacht; they walk quietly among the displays below. They change the guard in red-bereted unison on Calle Colon, now a fenced square between the memorial's eternal flame and the Museo de la Revolución, but 55 years ago a Havana thoroughfare-turned-battle zone.
You cannot touch the Granma yacht. You could, I suppose, touch the other items, but it doesn't seem advisable.
The soldiers look away from visitors. They are not there to engage in conversation. But I manage to catch the eye of one young guard and mime spinning the two-bladed propeller of a Kingfisher observation plane seized by the rebel army in 1958.
He gives me a tight, yeah-yeah-I-get-it smile. I guess he'd seen that one before.
|Prop-plane probably wouldn't have started anyway.|
|The guards avoid eye contact. They are not guides.|
|Touching the vehicles is not recommended, but|
touching fellow visitors would appear to be OK.