Traveler Revival in Cuba

by Ekua on August 17, 2010 in Cuba

I’ll admit it… I can be a jaded traveler. While everyone is oo-ing and ah-ing at some big sight or monument, I am sometimes the one standing in the back comparing it to something I saw before, that in my mind was better.

I don’t  think jadedness is always a bad thing. I wouldn’t trade the great beauty I’ve seen or the life changing travel experiences I’ve had for a lack of it. And it’s been through my motley up and down experiences that I’ve been able to find a remedy for jadedness and reserves of creativity in reveling in the subtle, simple aspects of destinations.

But still, I love it when jadedness doesn’t even factor in to my travels; when I feel childlike, or in awe of a place, or like I don’t know what I am doing. If Mexico City’s surprising warmth and charm began to melt away some of my travel jadedness, Cuba took an ice pick and hacked away at it.

Jadedness can sometimes be the result of a life that is being attempted to be fully lived, and I can see the positive side to that, but I know there are downsides. Jadedness can prematurely make you think you know when in reality, you’ve only just begun to peek into the vast unknown. So eventually you go to a place that breaks your ideas into little pieces and when you try to put them back together, some pieces are missing and the rest just don’t fit like they used to. Welcome to Cuba.

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Andi August 18, 2010 at 1:42 pm

What a beautiful beginning post!!! Love that photo, wow! I do have to admit though that the *only* time I feel jaded is when I’m in the States. I’m SO bored with this country haha. Can’t wait to read more posts on Cuba.


Ekua August 19, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I noticed that flag puzzle on the Malecon on my second day. For me, it was the perfect representation of the country!


Fly Girl August 18, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Just had an interesting discussion on Cuba with my acupunctarist who spent a lot of time there. Can’t wait to read about your experiences. I’m often jaded about tourist traps and touristy excursions. But I’m always in awe of natural beauty and authentic culture, no matter how many times I’ve seen it.


Ekua August 19, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Very true, unaltered nature and down to earth places are always a good bet for the jaded traveler 😉 I get tired of the tourist shuffle, but never get tired of discovery and nature’s capabilities.


Lauren Quinn August 19, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Great intro! I’m pumped to read more…


MsBeautySoul August 20, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I concur with both Ekua and Fly Girl…


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