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A Cuban Exile’s Return to Havana: What We Learn from Visiting Cuba

on March 14, 2018

Today I want to share with you an important and exciting guest post written by my friend Celine, on her return to Havana. Celine and I met in college, and even did the same study abroad program in England together. In 2015, I got to go to the southernmost point in the US with her – the closest she had ever been to Cuba, since her family’s exile {scroll to the bottom to see that photo!}. Well, a few weeks ago Celine finally made it to Cuba. I asked her to write this blog post about her return to Havana. It is really special, and I hope you enjoy it. Without further ado, here’s Celine…


Havana is like no other place. So I was told by countless Cubans during my visit a few weeks ago. So I was told by my father who can barely remember the city where he was born, for he has not been back since. And so I was told by a culture that seesaws on its feelings for this strange, wonderful land. Continue reading

Snorkeling, Party Boats, and Sandbars Oh My!

on July 20, 2015

Today, I woke up with a kind of tropical-wanderlust. So now I’m eating Hawaiian pizza from Domino’s because that’s about as tropical as we get in Michigan.

For me, this summer has been a lot more work than play. I’m taking summer classes and working “two and a half” jobs, but I’ve just enough time between the studying and my next shift to sit down (with my Hawaiian pizza…) and day dream about Cococay Island. Continue reading

A Day in Nassau without Cruise Excursions

on July 15, 2015

Going to the Bahamas but want to experience Nassau without cruise excursions? I’m here to help! I went on an incredible trip with some of my closest friends from college as we celebrated our graduation. The first leg of the trip was a four night Royal Caribbean Cruise that set sail from Miami – overall the cruise was a great deal (~$100 a night which included the pool, hot tub, entertainment, unlimited breakfast, lunch, fancy three course dinner, and 2am pizza…) but that definitely didn’t mean I had cash to spare. Continue reading

Best Nassau Bars for a Cruise Stopover

on July 14, 2015

Confession: I was going to write a post on the best way to spend a cruise stopover day in Nassau, but you can see where my priorities lie as half the post was about all the different cocktails I had! Being on an island famous for Rum, Nassau is home to a lot of colorful and beachy cocktails, most famously the “Bahama Mama” (a rum, coconut rum, grenadine, orange juice, pineapple juice, sometimes butterscotch concoction!).

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