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The most interesting people you’d never meet….unless you walked across Cuba

Spread love wherever you go.  Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier  ~Mother Teresa I am asked everyday why I am walking across Cuba. In fact, I have one dear friend who keeps asking me over and over. This friend is a Cuban man who has been my rock throughout this epic […]

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Finding Rooms in Cuba- How to Make the Simple, Complicao

Perhaps you are already thinking what a weird piece.  You are wondering first about the possible typo in the title and then about the title itself.  However, Complicao is a very precisely chosen word and in fact, not a typo at all.  It is the Cuban shortened form of complicado, complicated in Spanish. Complicao, in […]

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My Solo Walk Across Cuba -Part 3 – Making Friends

The Walking Dead   I woke up still giggling at where I was and what I was doing.  I was in the love nest with me, myself and I, the three of us in a tiny town in eastern Cuba.  And last night I did something I had never done before.  Nope, not in the […]

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My Solo Walk Across Cuba – Part 2 -Becoming Anita Loca

  Even though I have now made more than 30 trips to Cuba, I was a bit nervous driving down the road with Ruben in the taxi.  No, not because he asked if I had a boyfriend, and by the way, my response was, “Tengo un esposo”, “I have a husband”, which, of course, made […]

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My Solo Walk Across Cuba: Stories from the Side of the Road Part 1 Getting In

BackStory Before I begin, let me layout the backstory.  Many of you know me well and my love affair with the crocodile shaped island across the Florida Straits, but many of you don’t. My inaugural trip to Cuba was Oct 6, 2013.  I led the first ever Abercrombie & Kent People to People trip to […]

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My Solo Walk Across Cuba – What I left Behind

Soon, I will share with you stories on my latest adventure, the first segment of my solo walk across the island of Cuba. At the moment, though, as I look back and re-read my original blog on what I took with me to Cuba, I can say this. I found that some of the things […]

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Anita Unplugged

I’ve decided to go walkabout. Here are some essential things I’m taking with me. My middle name.  Is it an alter ego?  Do I have a secret life? Naw, it’s just that my Spanish speaking friends find it easier and seem to like it and once I looked at it as the endearment of Ana […]

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Cuba – Dance in the Rain but Build an Ark

The Cuban heart. El Corazón. The soul of a Cuban in Cuba is a huge, pure heart. I have developed friendships in Cuba like I have never developed anywhere in the world. My Cuban friends, no matter what they have or don’t have in their lives, have always found a place for me under their wing, a smile, a hug, and always besitos (little kisses).

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What I have learned in 17 Trips to Cuba about Cubans

   Cuba is the hottest topic going these days.  The island is in the news daily and things are changing quicker than I can change my orientation speech to each new group of travelers I take there.  Many journalists, anchormen, talk show hosts and food writers have made the foray in the past few months, […]

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