Travel Photos: Cuba

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Beautiful Cuban Smiles, Street Portraits

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Havana, Vintage Ride in Revolution Square

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Havana, Las Terrazas, Santiago

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Blue Vintage Car in Cojimar

Cuba!!! Rich in passion, culture, vibrancy and art.

I’m very happy to have had the opportunity to see the lovely architecture of Old Havana with the amazing vintage cars driving by. In the evening, I caught a Cuban jazz show with the Buena Vista Social Club 🙂

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Local Afro-Cuban music and dance performance

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Stunning sculpture at the Columbus Cemetary

On a tropically rainy day, I visited the Colon (Columbus) Cemetary and learned more of Santeria (Way of the Saints). Local legend at the cemetary: “La Milagrosa”, or Amelia, a local woman who died in childbirth along with her child, was visited everyday by her heart-broken husband, knocked on the tomb to console himself, believing she was only asleep. Years later, her body was exhumed (for reburial) and witnesses claimed that her body remained intact and her body position moved, holding her child in her arms rather than sleeping solo on her back–Amelia then became a symbol of hope and love. Every day, locals visit her grave and ask for blessings/ wishes, while decorating her site with flowers and gifts, continuing on this unique tradition.

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Quiet town of Las Terrazas

Las Terrazas had a quiet beauty, with lush green surroundings and a taste of the small town life. Along the way, I met a few Cuban artists and visited their studios.

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Cojimar: Grungy Coolness

Cojimar was where Hemingway wrote his famous literary masterpieces. The town has a distinct seafarer personality, with the architecture and decor reflecting the romantic carefree attitude.

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Mantanzas, Varadero

Veradero was an exquisite beach paradise, though seemed very exclusive.

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Santiago: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption

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Santiago: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Interior

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Santiago: San Pedro de la Roca Castle Fortress

Several months later, I came back to Cuba on my way to help out in the Dominican Republic, and passed through Santiago, saw the San Pedro de la Roca Castle, a mighty UNESCO fortress, and the lovely Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in the downtown area. Pride and passion of the Cuban people seeps into all facets of life.

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Travel Photos: New Orleans Halloween

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NOLA French Quarter Travel Photography
French Quarter

NOLA Honey Swamp Bayou
Honey Island Swamp

NOLA Bloodlust Vampire Ball
Bloodlust Vampire Ball

I have always been fascinated by New Orleans and had to travel there for Halloween, to experience the wonderful revelry and explore the dark crevices of the French Quarter and beyond. The people, food, art and stories were inspiring as there is so much soul and energy out there–definitely going back!

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Travel: Smiling Faces in Cairo, Touring Egypt as a Solo Female Traveler

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Travel Blog Photo, Smiling Faces in Cairo

For international travel, I always research political and social climates to find out appropriateness of actions, interactions, etc. As a solo female traveler, I chose to meet up with a tour group (for safety), wore appropriate conservative attire (to show respect for the culture and to stay lowkey) and found out about social mores. There are soldiers and tanks at checkpoints mostly on the outskirts of Cairo, but I had no safety fears while traveling in a group. Like all cities, there are underbellies, and spots that aren’t so great, but with a little common sense, no troubles at all. Now is a great time to travel to Egypt, since you don’t have to push through crowds congregating at the sites, and with a country so dependent upon tourism, the prices are really great. Just watch out for the aggressive vendors–you’ll learn to hone your bargaining skills like a pro!

My interest in traveling to Egypt was to learn more about the present culture, and the mysteries / history of Ancient Egypt, with the great monuments and exquisite artwork. I definitely am inspired to create new art… just have to dig in and start creating! 🙂

While I was traveling on my own–away from the group–I was delighted to meet dozens of curious lil Egyptians and fell in love with their smiles and energy. There were very inquisitive–asking my name, where I was from, how I liked Egypt, etc. Another reason why I enjoy travel–to meet new people and get inspired! Here are a few pics of them while in Cairo 🙂

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