5 Apr 2015

Beyond the beautiful beaches...

Cuba is a fascinating island to explore!

Hola amigos,

I've been doing some scouting and making plans for future trips to Cuba. First, let me reassure my fellow fans of Club Amigo Marea del Portillo that I will continue to lead groups there on an annual basis. In fact, 24 of us will be heading to this special place just after Easter. I hope the snow here in Muskoka will be gone by the time I return…but I'm not going to bet on it!

Once I'm back in the office at the end of April, I will begin working on two back-to-back group trips, tentatively set for late October, both going to Marea del Portillo. Highly skilled Huntsville pro photographer Jim Bartlett has agreed to lead a photography course during the first week, which will be open to anyone with a camera! For the second week, we'll have our annual women's posse, with "Yoga Fusion" classes led by the marvelous Nicole Panteleo. More details to come soonish.

Next winter, I'm planning to lead a two-week bus tour of the island – including a stay at Marea del Portillo, of course! With that project in mind, I spent some time exploring places around Havana and Trinidad de Cuba in February. 

I've created some new slideshows to show you some of the interesting sites I checked out: "2015 Around Havana" and "2015 Trinidad & Manaca Iznaga." These videos are set to music by some wonderful up-and-coming Cuban musicians who sometimes perform at venues in Varadero. I was introduced to their music when I was staying with mutual friends in the city of Matanzas.

I'll let you know when plans for this road trip through Cuba are firmer.


Hasta luego,


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