.....Add new friends and maybe a little vodka.
But first, the story so far:
Preview: What Would Hemmingway Do?
To get there I passed El Floridita, and cut through toward the capital building. This area is made up of cleaner, wider streets and avenues. It has some of the city's only 'luxury' stores, and many of the larger hotels. It's decidedly more 'upscale' feeling than the narrow streets of Habana Vieja, but possibly less charming as well.
Between the capital and the start of the Malecon you head up Paseo De Marti, which has a raised median for pedestrians that serves as just about everything this time of day- impromptu market, dance hall, skate park, and art gallery. It extends for several blocks, and takes you to the waterfront eventually.
It just so happens that one of the more intriguing and random recommendations I came across in my trip planning was for a soviet themed/run/founded/inspired restaurant in this area that was rumored to have a great view of the water. This is what happens when you spend your week before a trip googling "Havana Restaurant View." Apparently, these are the keywords to a memorable time that leaves you feeling confused the next time you are within range of current newscasts.