This past weekend, the USO arranged for the Miss Universe Organization to visit their lovely Guantánamo Bay. Guests included Crystle Stewart, Miss USA 2008 and Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza. They all enjoyed their stay. Especially Dayana. She was so enamored with Gitmo that she wrote about it on her blog.
This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience.
We arrived in Gitmo on Friday and stared going around the town, everybody knew Crystle and I were coming so the first thing we did was attend a big lunch and then we visited one of the bars they have in the base. We talked about Gitmo and what is was like living there. The next days we had a wonderful time, this truly was a memorable trip! We hung out with the guys from the East Coast and they showed us the boat inside and out, how they work and what they do, we took a ride around the land and it was a loooot of fun!
We also met the Military dogs, and they did a very nice demonstration of their skills. All the guys from the Army were amazing with us.
We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting.
We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.
The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)
I didn’t want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.
Suffice to say, don’t believe all those horrible stories you hear about this place. If it’s good enough for Miss Universe 2008, it’s good enough for the people held without due process. I just don’t understand what they’re complaining about. They get three squares a day, performances by the Military dogs, movies, art classes, books and beautiful glass beaches. They complain so much you’d think they were being tortured over there. Some people just don’t appreciate what they have.
Dayana’s post has since been taken down and a statement released:
Dayana Mendoza’s comments on her blog were in reference to the hospitality she received while meeting the members of the U.S. military and their families who are stationed in Guantánamo.
The Miss Universe Organization echoes the mission of the USO, which is to lift the spirits of U.S. troops and their families wherever they serve. We will continue to show our appreciation and express our gratitude to the military personnel who serve our nation.
Looks like the elitists don’t want us to know about their little piece of heaven.