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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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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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Diving Rangiroa Our Way

we descended to 170’ and simply watched, all of us in our own thoughts, watching hundreds of sharks slowly cruise the blue one way and then, as if at the end of a fish tank, turn and slowly meander back again. It was mesmerizing and a sight that few have seen on the corner of this pass in a remote location on the planet, a microcosm of life in the ocean.

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Shaking up the Snow Globe

Now, it’s not that I didn’t like the snow, or the way it fell, but it was the same snow day after day and I realized that what I needed was not to change the snow, I just needed to shake the globe again.”

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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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