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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’s 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 of the western hemisphere – onc...

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Cuba III: Trinidad de Cuba

Back in the Hyundai with Umberto at the wheel the next morning, we left Camaguey and headed for Trinidad de Cuba on the central southern coast, the city that time has passed by.  As we approached several hours later, the climate and land changed to humid air and verdant, rolling hills, where we experienced our first tropical downpour of the trip. Trinidad (yes, also 500 years old) apparently has c...

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Cuba II — On the Road to Camaguey

                                                                 Off on an adventure!   Rick, Alan, and I piled our luggage into the trunk of our driver Umberto’s late model Hyundai, and after bidding goodbye to our Santiago host, we made our way through the city to Route A1 that travels the central spine of the 760 mile-long island. As we headed into the dry, flat central part of the island, it f...

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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 travels to Havana to visit...

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Myanmar — Part II: Inle Lake

Myanmar — Part II: Inle Lake

Located in Shan State, Inle Lake is a sprawling 45 square-mile (116 sq. kilometers) shallow body of water, whose shores are dotted with four towns and many villages. Fishing, hydroponic farming, weaving, and silversmithing are among the main industries in the region. Shan State is home to many ethnic minorities in Myanmar — Shan, Chinese, Thai, Mongol, and Indian. In recent times, there has ...

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