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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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El Salvador Breakdown and Travel Tips

Aside from the fact that I pretty much want to go everywhere, El Salvador is one of those countries I’ve never given much thought to visiting. But guess what. It’s totally worthwhile! Costa Rica has beaches, Belize and Honduras have diving and Guatemala has ruins, but El Salvador has a charm all it’s own. Don’t…

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Playa El Tunco

The last stop on our El Salvador trip is the beach town of El Tunco. This is a popular stop for travelers backpacking through Central America and as such, English is widely spoken. This area is known for it’s great surf up and down the coast, and we plan to take a surfing lesson while we’re here….

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Sightseeing in Suchitoto

If you’re searching for colonial Salvadorian charm, look no further than Suchitoto. Roughly an hour and a half north east of San Salvador, Suchitoto is a peaceful town with a ton of charm. When we arrive, the hotel we had picked out ahead of time is closed – for the season or for good, I’m not sure….

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Hiking Through 7 Waterfalls

I’m so excited to tell you about the 7 Waterfalls hike we did during our time in Juayua! This might be the thing I enjoy the most during my 10 days in El Salvador. If we’d had better weather for the Santa Ana volcano hike, that probably would have been my favorite activity, but alas, it…

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