New Year’s in Havana

After our crazy morning attempting to get back to Havana, we settle into our new accommodations and head back out in search of dinner. From our previous explorations, Havana Vieja seems to have the most restaurants, so this is the direction we go. On the way, we pass another of Ernest Hemmingway’s former haunts –…

Read More

Cuban Transportation Frustrations

Remember how I told you about buying bus tickets in Cuba, how we lucked out on our way to Vinales but it wouldn’t always be that way? Well today is the day I find out just how screwy Cuban transportation can be. And this is only the first of three times we deal with this…

Read More

Horseback Riding Through Vinales National Park

One of the most popular activities in Vinales is to go horseback riding through the national park. Originally I thought this would be an activity that I’d skip in favor of more hiking, but after our morning at Los Aquaticos, I’m ready for something a little easier. Plus we can cover more ground on a…

Read More

Los Aquaticos Sunrise Hike

Upon our arrival in Vinales, a park ranger stopped by our casa to see if we were interested in booking any guided tours of the park. One I’ve been really keen to do is Los Aquaticos sunrise hike. A few Google searches have shown some incredible images and I’m excited to see it with my…

Read More

Arriving in Vinales Valley

If I have one complaint about Cuba (aside from the food…ok two complaints, but that’s it!), it’s that their transportation system is unnecessarily difficult. Everything I read online, and even our host Lindiana said to arrive at the Viazul bus station in Havana an hour before the bus is scheduled to depart. Tickets should still…

Read More

Deception Pass Sunshine Bliss

Here’s a “fun” fact for you – Seattle has had 9 days of sunshine since the first of October. Nine. Out of 178. And So. Much. Rain. Does that sound depressing to you? Because it has been for me. Now if you’ve read this blog at all in the past, you probably know I don’t like…

Read More

Havana Part 1 Round Up

Maggie and I visit Havana three times on this trip and I’m going to wrap up the first part in this post. I have a lot of photos I haven’t yet shared from this amazing city. I’ll start off with our casa paticulare. It’s so warm and inviting, with magnificent views of Havana and the water….

Read More

European Vibes in Havana Vieja

The plan for today is to take the Havana Bus Tour around Havana Vieja (Old Havana), see what we see, then maybe do some exploring on foot. Lonely Planet has a nice looking walking tour of the main sites that I’d like to check out. But on the whole, I just want to wander with…

Read More

A Bus Tour of Havana

You would think with how tired I was after arriving in Cuba, I’d have passed out right away. But this is definitely not the case. Havana is an extremely noisy city – dogs barking, roosters crowing, horns honking and people shouting all night long. Even 20 stories up, these noises carry, keeping me awake. Closing…

Read More

Walking Along the Malecón

Have I mentioned yet how excited I am to be heading to Cuba? It’s only been on my bucket list for ages. AGES. And let me tell you, it does not disappoint. In fact, it exceeds my expectations. I know, I talk a big game. But I’ll get to that in good time. I fly…

Read More

My Favorite Cuba Photos

Cuba is such a photogenic country, I swear it’s impossible to take a bad photo. It was almost as impossible to put my camera down. I took over 2,200 photos on my recent 10-day trip and I can’t wait to share more of them in my upcoming posts. But for today, I’ve narrowed it down to 88 of…

Read More

How/Why – Cuba

Ah Cuba, the forbidden fruit of the Caribbean. So many questions. So many things unknown. I went into this trip, it felt, with only one eye open. Off limits to American’s for roughly 55 years, travel to the Caribbean nation has now resumed in full force. While it’s still not technically legal for American’s to travel…

Read More