Reflections

At the end of anything you can always look back and find things that you could have done better as well as things that went really well.  As I look back there were several things that we did right. First off, we went!  It’s always hard to find the right time to take an extended … More Reflections

Cuba Musings

This blog post could easily be titled: Things That Make You Go Hmmm… While experiencing both the beauty and hardships of Cuba there were several things that I found interesting that don’t really fit into any of the other posts so I’ve collected them here. Shortages are a normal part of life.  It’s normal for … More Cuba Musings

Cuban Craziness

Cuba is a world unto itself.  It’s like no place else I’ve ever been, and in some respects, I hope never to encounter a place like it again.  We visited beautiful and amazing places and got a small glimpse of a vibrant culture filled with many friendly and creative people.  However, it was a challenging … More Cuban Craziness

Six Months in Latin America: A Recap

Countries visited: 7 Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Perú, Ecuador, Cuba (Plus Brad spent a week in Bogotá, Colombia without the rest of the family for work – for a total of 8 countries.) Places we stayed overnight Uruguay: Montevideo, Maldonado, Punta del Este Argentina: Iguazú, Buenos Aires Chile: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine national park, Castro (Chiloé), Entre Lagos, … More Six Months in Latin America: A Recap

The Cuban Economy: And Keeping Tourist Dollars Out of Castro Regime Coffers

One of the supposed reasons the US government bans Americans from traveling to Cuba is to prevent tourist dollars from flowing directly to the Castro regime. (Why this same reasoning doesn’t extend to any other country, not even North Korea, is a debate I’ll omit from this post.) Since Cuba has allowed some forms of … More The Cuban Economy: And Keeping Tourist Dollars Out of Castro Regime Coffers