Seattle to Portland Day 1 – UW to Centralia

If you grew up in the Pacific Northwest, chances are good you’ve heard of the Seattle to Portland bike ride, or STP. Every year, 10,000 people hop on their bikes and ride the 200+ miles to Portland, Oregon over one or two days. If you had asked me a year ago if I would ever…

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Flamingo Fun at Laguna Guanaroca

It’s our last full day in Cuba and we’re up bright and early. Today we’re visiting Laguna Guanaroca, about 40 minutes outside Cienfuegos, to see the flamingos that live there. And I for one, can’t wait! We’re attempting to arrive as soon as they open as this is a popular activity and the groups fill…

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Cienfuegos – City of One Hundred Fires

Before I tell you about Cienfuegos, I should probably fill you in on how we got here. It’s the latest chapter of “Kelsey and Maggie’s Cuban Transportation Saga”. For many reasons, we didn’t buy our bus ticket from Trinidad to Cienfuegos in advanced. So once again, we find ourselves at the bus station the morning…

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Stellar Views of Trinidad

I’m not usually much of a museum person on my travels. If it’s a big one like the Prado in Madrid, then sure, I’ll give it a few hours. But generally they don’t hold much interest for me. However, while reading through my guidebook on Trinidad, I came across the Museo Histórico Municipal. It’s the former…

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Chasing Waterfalls in Parque el Cubano

As you’ve probably heard me mention before, information on tourist activities in Cuba was really hard to come by before my trip. Especially for anything outside of Havana. The Lonely Planet guidebook has a blurb about hiking to a waterfall in Parque el Cubano, part of Topes de Collantes National Park, but aside from that brief…

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Traveling to Trinidad

Allow me to introduce you to my favorite city in Cuba – Trinidad. I admit, I’m guilty of thinking of Cuba as only Havana. However, Trinidad is full of colonial charm and is one of the best preserved cities in Cuba. It’s a small town and not heavy on sites, but it’s the perfect place…

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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…

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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…

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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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Hola Cuba!

You guys. It’s happening. I’ve been hinting and blatantly mentioning to everyone who’ll listen, I’m finally on my way to a place I’ve been hoping to go for the last 16 years – Cuba! Words can’t describe how happy, nervous, anxious and excited I am to finally be taking this trip. As most people know,…

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