36 Years


Continued from The Journey Prequel

On our last night in Havana I was greeted at the Hotel Riviera by Raimundo.

Reunion after 36 years

I met Raimundo in the summer of 1974. He was vacationing with his family at the Riviera Hotel and we became friends. He found me on Facebook in early June and we planned this reunion in the lobby of the Riviera Hotel.

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Visit to Sead to the mechanic


I just got my car fixed. He is a very cool mechanic from Bosnia, Sead Ponjevic. Fascinating stories of the war.

Sead- European Car Mechanic from Bosnia -now in Oakland

Sead came from a wealthy family in Bosnia, opened a European car repair shop, which he lost in the war, and now is in Oakland. If you were wondering what happened to the former Yugoslavia he has amazing insight and is a dynamic storyteller…and you can have your car fixed…at reasonable prices….

But wait!!! There is more…he is quite the ladies man.

He is working behind another repair shop at 1237 39th Street in Oakland. 510-355-4600