Blaine's Travels

Cuba IV: Havana!

Cuba IV: Havana!
Cuba IV: Havana! The day we arrived in Havana, two events took place, and they both enhanced our exciting experiences in the country‚Äôs capital. Secretary of State John Kerry re-opened the American Embassy after almost 60 years, and it was the first night of Carnaval! The city was abuzz with excitement and the spirit was infectious. Havana: fabled tropical metropolis…

Cuba I: Santiago — A City of Rhythms

Cuba I: Santiago — A City of Rhythms
Sitting on the tarmac in Miami on Sun Country Airlines flight #67 bound for Santiago de Cuba in mid-August, I was giddy with excitement and anticipation with the long-anticipated trip to this neighboring island country, long off-limits to most Americans. My partner Rick and I were fortunate that our friend Alan from San Francisco, whose Cuban partner, since passed, still…