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Reflections on Unexpectedly Seeing the Same Cuban Farmer Twice

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In the summer of 2010, my group had just begun a hike through the gorgeous mogotes and tropical farms of Cuba’s Viñales Valley when we saw a farmer in the distance, tending to his tobacco crop. A little while later, we met him as he walked along the path with two bulls. His mouth was […]

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Photo Essay: A Celebration of Partly Cloudy Skies

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“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” – Rabindranath Tagore – When I travel, I often head right into my destination’s rainy season. My short breaks occur when closer destinations tend to be rainy and my long breaks occur when […]

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Take Me Back to Old Havana

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I recently came across this wonderfully honest and beautiful video of scenes from Old Havana. It unexpectedly made me feel like I was in Havana again. It captures what a visit to the city is all about. The main thing to see there is everyday living as is — the resourcefulness and creative solutions, lots […]

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Photo Essay: Final Thoughts on Cuba and Portraits from Havana

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It was our last day as a group; we’d all be heading in different directions the next day or the day after. We’d recently been strangers, but now we’d shared an insane and insanely amazing week and a half together. When we got back to the city, the six of us who were left commemorated […]

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Our Day of Cuban Rest

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I love the ocean something fierce, but I’m not a beach vacation type of person. Even when I travel to a seaside place with the intention of relaxing, I often end up discovering how much there is to do there and try to tackle as many activities as I can. But that urgency and eagerness […]

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The Breakdown and The Beach

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Later on, we’d start piecing together the signs, but foreseeing what would happen that day would not have been logical. When you’re thrown together with a new travel group, polite layers are shed quickly as you spend a ridiculous amount of time with people and places you’ve just met. When a fellow traveler’s quirkiness begins […]

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Journeying into Cuban Hearts, Part 2

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On our second morning in Vinales, five out of seven group members leave early to go on a hike. We’ve settled into the group and reached the point where we feel comfortable splitting up from time to time. The female half of the Aussie vegan couple and I stay in town. The previous night, Alberto […]

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Photo Essay: Portraits from the Viñales Valley

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As I’ve already written and will continue to write about, my group came across a wonderful assortment of characters in the Viñales Valley. Here are portraits of a few of them: A father and son listening to music and dancing on their porch. We encountered them as we began our hike on our first full […]

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