Welcome to the backyard at the Embassy of Malaysia in Havana, Cuba. Come, let me show you around.
I know, right? Such a joy and a privilege to share this shaded patio and sun-drenched pool with my friendly diplomatic host family.
Yes, the tropical August heat is almost unbearable, but a few moments in the pool cool me right down again and set me to rights. Then I slowly dry off on my towel till I'm roasting hot, then splash into the water and start the cycle all over again.
I'm enjoying every sunny moment in my Malaysian backyard.
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Check out more stories about my once-in-a-lifetime trip to Cuba and my wonderful friends who lived there: