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How To Take A Great Photo

If you want take great photos and have other people interested in them, here’s the secret… When a traveler returns from vacation, we are all eager to tell others about our travels. People want to know about your trip, but they may not want to know as much as you want to tell them. They do not want to see […]

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No Picnic In Havana

Family picnics and “paseando” are to Latin America what apple pie is to the U.S.A.  They are a quintessential symbol of what it is to be Latin America.  As I travel throughout Latin America, I always see an abundance of families, couples, and children eating, laughing, strolling, playing, and experiencing the every day joys of […]

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Little Gifts Are A Big Deal In Cuba

When visiting Cuba on a people-to-people program, bringing small gifts can make a big difference for people living there.  As Americans, we come from the “Land of Plenty”.  When we share our abundance with others around the world, we show them the valor of democracy. Traveling in Cuba one day, we rode the bus five […]

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The Inspired Journey

Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed.  It is a journey and a destination.  Those who seek to know peace, love, hope, beauty, and joy will find it.  They will find it no matter what their circumstances are. Although often overlooked as weakness, peace, love, hope, faith and joy are the greatest strengths known […]

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Should You Go To Cuba?

Should you go to Cuba?  Yes.  Since diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba are opening up more, it creates a wave of opportunity that has not been possible in the last 50 years. (Read more on this here.)  And if you ride that wave, you will have an amazing experience there and can also […]

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Hotel Nacional

Hotel Nacional in Havana, Cuba is an iconic place to stay.  The carpet hasn’t been changed in 50 years.  And your room most assuredly will be bugged.  But once you get over those two details, staying there will transport you back in time and give you a quintessential experience of Cuba’s former glory. When we […]

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Cuban Boat People

In November, took a group of 13 travelers to Cuba with the World Affairs Council of Houston.  We traveled there legally on a people-to-people humanitarian program. On Wednesday night, we had dinner at our hotel with Dr. Andy Gomez before flying to Havana, Cuba the next day.  He said, “Did you know people still come […]

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Cuba

Visiting Cuba is a surreal experience.  It is a land of juxtaposed realities.  One minute, you feel like you are in the 1950s.  Another moment, it’s 50 years later. The inner city speedlimit is 30 mph.  ’59 Chevys, horse and buggy, and bicycles share the roads.  And in most places, time stands still. However, in […]

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