Back to Winter

We’re back! It was pretty hard returning to the cold and snow early this morning…our bodies were in a bit of a shock going from +35 to -15!

There’s much I could (and will) write about Cuba. For now, I’ll just say we had a fabulous time. It’s a beautiful country with some pretty wonderful people, and we definitely would like to go back. I need some time to gather my thoughts and photos, but for now here are a few shots to give you a little sense of what we did over the week.

The morning we left Vancouver we sat on the runway for two and a half hours waiting for the plane to be de-iced.
The morning we left Vancouver we sat on the runway for two and a half hours waiting for the plane to be de-iced.
The wait was well worth it though. Here's the view from our balcony in Varadero.
The wait was well worth it though. Here's the view from our balcony in Varadero.
The ocean was just steps from our hotel room.
The ocean was just steps from our hotel room.
Most days the biggest choices we had to make were: "Beach or pool" and what to choose from the huge array of food available at this resort. It's a rough life!
Most days the biggest choices we had to make were: "Beach or pool" and what to select from the huge array of food available at this resort. It's a rough life!
The nights were devoted to more mojitos and dancing. Note my dance partner's blue eyes!
The nights were devoted to more mojitos and dancing. Note my dance partner's blue eyes! Leo was a bit of a hustler, but he was sweet nonetheless. He asked us for a cell phone but seemed happy enough to settle for the shoes and t-shirts that Joe gave him.
There were tonnes of activities to partake in, including snorkelling, which Jamie and I tried.
There were tonnes of activities to partake in, including snorkelling, which Jamie and I tried.
Jamie's new friends from Alberta. The resort we stayed in had about 80 percent Canadians. The rest were Europeans. No offense to any Americans reading this, but with U.S. citizens not able to vacation in Cuba, it created a very different energy. While in Cuba, we heard on the news that Americans will soon be allowed to travel to Cuba though, so things will then be rather different I would say.
Jamie's new friends from Alberta. The resort we stayed in had about 80 percent Canadians. The rest were Europeans. No offense to any Americans reading this, but with U.S. citizens not able to vacation in Cuba, it created a very different energy. We've heard that Americans will soon be allowed to travel there though, so I believe this will result in some pretty big changes.

 

There were lots of silly games each afternoon by the pool. Here, Joe and Jamie are chugging beer with a straw. They also both had to dance like Shakira. That in itself was worth the price of the airplane tickets!
There were lots of silly games each afternoon by the pool. Here, Joe and Jamie are chugging beer with a straw. They also both had to dance like Shakira. That in itself was worth the price of the airplane tickets!

Next time I’ll write more about the people and about our trip to Havana.

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