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Radikal Travels: Cuba

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I’ve been to Cuba‬. Hard to wrap my mind around it. If you’ve read this blog before, you know that I’ve read so much about the history, culture and people of a place so misunderstood to the U.S. So to actually experience it was surreal. Cuba is not “stuck in time.” It and it’s people are ever-evolving; adapting to their circumstances. The art, music, culture and warmth of the people of Cuba are unmatched. It is not an untouched “utopia.” It’s complicated as hell and challenges everything you may have thought you believed or didn’t. Any photos I post here pale in comparison to that magical place, but I thought I would share a slice of what I was able to capture. I hope to return someday to this island that is constantly changing and will no doubt continue to – although I just hope and pray that tourism doesn’t completely obliterate it.

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Eyes Open

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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

– Jawaharlal Nehru

Travel Books are Good for the Soul

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I have an insatiable wanderlust. That need to venture out in the world and explore every corner possible. Of course, a little thing called money often gets in the way. Add a full-time job into the equation and it’s not always possible to wander to your heart’s desire.
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one.
It’s one of my favorite quotes by George R.R. Martin, and it is true of travel books in particular, because, while nothing can replace the actual experience of visiting a place, reading about it can transport your mind there.

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Anthony Bourdain Obsessed

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I love No Reservations. I love Anthony Bourdain. I am seriously obsessed with this show. Even though it went off the air in 2012, and Bourdain now hosts a very similar show on CNN called Parts Unknown (which I like just as much, with better cinematography provided by a larger budget, no doubt) I still find myself watching a marathon of No Reservations on lazy days. I’ve watched my favorite episodes multiple times, thanks to Amazon Prime.

Admittedly, there are some not so great episodes (Egypt, Ireland and many of the US episodes) but when he gets it right, it’s so, so right.

Check out a few of my favorites in no particular order:

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Spain, My Love

IMG_0294That’s me in Malaga, Spain. I had been on vacations before – Hawaii, Canada, Australia, the Fiji Islands and more, but Spain? Spain changed my life.

When I was in high school, I was obsessed with all things England. I listened to the BBC, I watched British television, I wanted to live in London and above all I wanted to be British. So naturally, I always thought my first trip across the pond would be to London, but it just so happened to be Spain.

A night of drinks at a cousin/best friend’s house turned into coordinating dates, looking up flights and choosing which cities we would visit. March 2012, 3 girls, 10 days and 4 cities – Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla and Malaga.

The country stole my heart, between the awe inspiring architecture, the beautiful and genuine people to the late night dinner culture and afternoon sangrias and tapas – there’s magic in Spain. Days were spent walking around each city, taking in everything we could, devouring the cathedrals, cobble stone streets, cafes, restaurants and bars.

However, one of the most beautiful aspects of the country is that beneath the bright, beautiful surface is an undeniable darkness. Streets that hold so many stories of pain and blood. It’s history is haunting. Yet, that makes it all the more beautifully intriguing and that much closer to my heart.

I love you, Spain. If I could have another life time, I would want to be born in that magical place.