36 Years of Friendship


I first met Marta Martinez in 1975 where we shared a bunk bed at Heroes de Varsovia Escuela Basica en el Campo in Guira de Melena, Cuba.

Taking a break with classmates 1974
Valerie Landau taking a break with classmates after working in the potato fields. Photo by Marta Martinez, 1974

We were 16….after a school year of study and agricultural labor in the remote town of Guira de Melena.

Last day of school
Marta’s father took this photo of me, Chino Triana and our friend Milagro, and ¬†Marta on our last day of school.

Marta and I spent the summer at La Loma del Tanque (See previous ThePrequel and 10 Days in Cuba)

At the beach 1975 – Carmen Martinez, Valerie Landau, Marta Martinez, Julio Cabezas and the driver Marta’s father hired to take us to the beach. Photo taken by Marta’s father

Despite the embargo and travel restrictions Marta Martinez and I stayed in touch.

In 1978 I attended the World Youth Festival in Havana.

Valerie Landau signing autographs at the World Youth Festival in Havana 1978 as Marta Martinez looks on.
Valerie Landau signing autographs at the World Youth Festival in Havana 1978 as Marta Martinez looks on.

I was able to get a job working for German TV as a field guide in Cuba, and while staying at The National Hotel ran into Eric Hamburg (then producer for Oliver Stone’s film JFK) and his life long friend, Rick English, who took this beautiful photo.

From RIGHT to LEFT – Valerie Landau, Marta Martinez, Mario Espinosa 1992 Photo by Rick English, friend of Eric Hamburg

 

I headed a delegation to Cuba a month ago, June 2010 and one of Marta’s friend’s took this photo of the three of us some 18 years later.

Marta sent me this photo with the caption “Gracias a la vida, que nos ha dado tanto.”
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