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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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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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Where in the World Are We, How the Hell do We Afford It and What’s Up with the Houses?

Part I – How the Hell Do we Afford It? My sister once shyly asked me, “Carin, how do you afford your lifestyle?” We’ve never really been a family that talked about money so I know she had a hard time asking, but I was happy to explain. Our plan is quite simple actually (and […]

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New Impressions of an old friend. Discovering Rangiroa

Travel can take on many different forms.  Some travel with backpacks across continents staying in hostels on the cheap.  They meet travelers like themselves from across the globe, making temporary friends on the fly.  Some tour in luxury, living a posh life in 5 star hotels, sipping perfect blender drinks with little umbrellas and sprawling […]

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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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Yellow Rocks of Bali

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Yellow Rocks of Bali (Shore diving Bonaire style on the North Coast) On the island of Bonaire, more than 60 yellow rocks along the roadside point the way to easy to access shore diving sites.  It’s one of the things that makes the island stand out in the minds of divers worldwide.  These iconic dive […]

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Misogi: Learning to do the impossible

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The idea of Misogi is to take on a challenge that radically expands your sense of what is possible.  What began as an ancient Shinto myth-story that included self purification after a champion’s return from the underworld is now practiced by world class athletes and business visionaries to create truly massive change.  Misogi is on […]

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A Snake (as opposed to) A Fish Story

Then, Aldo, pointed to a very large stack of dead wood up ahead and we motored towards it with anticipation of surprise. All of a sudden Aldo yelled and jumped off the boat into the downfall, almost landing in the water. At the same time as he jumped, he reached down and grabbed something in the water. Then he looked up in surprise as his eyes became much larger than his tiny 5’5” frame.

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Around the World, Making A Dream Come True

So, today we returned from the most astonishing journey of our life…a 26 day, around the world odyssey by private jet. It was a job that we were sought out to do. I hadn’t really given it much thought about how it came about until this morning.

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