Once upon on time in Toronto, lived a girl who was tired of the bone chilling cold and walking thorough the knee deep snow everyday; which often got in her shoes and made her socks wet. The effort of wearing layers of clothes and heavy coats was wearing her out, and quite often she couldn’t find gloves that matched. She yearned to see clear blue skies, and feel the warm sunshine on her face. Her hair rebelled with static and her scarves wouldn’t stay put.
So exhausted by all this, she decided she to run away, to a place where she could let the wind blow her hair, find a reason to paint her toenails and smile at the sun!
This is the story of that girl and her best friend, and how they found their way…. to Cuba.
…so today we finally booked our tickets. We are so excited we will be leaving on March 7th. Still a lot of things to sort out such as travel insurance, currency exchange, and yeah most important swim suit shopping.
We are so excited almost jumping out of our skins! :) This blog will be dedicated to this adventure of ours and will keep you posted about our planning, the madness and the excitement. So come along…
We are so excited almost jumping out of our skins! :)
This blog will be dedicated to this adventure of ours and will keep you posted about our planning, the madness and the excitement.
So come along…
Someone once said to me “Cuba feels likes a country frozen in time”.
Apart from the beaches and the sun… one of the things that I am most looking forward to is seeing these cars on the streets and capturing their vintage feel in my camera.
A friend who went to Cuba last year told me…”Do carry some gifts for the resort workers…. Old shoes or baseball caps. They are hardworking people. They will appreciate this more that money”. I will definitely keep room for these in my luggage, although slightly worried of offending people with old stuff.
We are told we wont find many locals in varadero, but I really hope we get a chance to interact with a few. In my imagination they are all really warm people who have welcomed the whole world into their homes. Looking forward for a chance to prove this out.
I want to let go…
Of the people, the faces, the schedules, the emails, the commute, the indoors, the routine, the friends, the fears, the weekdays, the weekends..
I want to go somewhere where none of this matters, and there is an open blue sky over my head , and earth under my feet. Wind through my hair and sun on my face.
Where I dont know anyone yet no one is a stranger.
Where it doesnt matter what time of the day it is and there are no to-do lists.
A place where my mind and body can sing in harmony instead of getting on each other’s nerves.
A place where I can be in my most natural state …as a free bird.
And for some reason lying on the beach all day at varadero fit this criteria.
” Cuba has a 99.8% literacy rate, an infant death rate lower than some developed countries, and an average life expectancy of 77.64.In 2006, Cuba was the only nation in the world which met the WWF’s definition of sustainable development; having an ecological footprint of less than 1.8 hectares per capita and a Human Development Index of over 0.8 for 2007.”
Does this surprise me, yes… pleasantly.
I see mystery, survival, colors, faith, will, want, reality…..
Why do you see?
Cause there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Cause the reason is want.
Cause there is a thirst for an adventure
Cause this is the remedy
Cause this is my call and I am making it…
So we finally sorted out our travel insurance and visa details.
After a lot of long calls on the phone, scanning a million forums, emails and sleepless nights after, we both have what that we need in terms of documentation to travel legally.
One thing that always worries me about going to any foregin destination is not having the right or enough papers and getting man handled by Immigration officials.
Hence called the Cuba Tourist Board, 2 travel agents and emailed the Cuban Cousulate to be extra extra sure.
I think underwater photography at Cuba is going to be rad. Not sure how clear the water is and having never done underwater photography before not sure how great the pictures will come out, but I am super excited to try it out.
Especially with disposable underwater cameras being so cheap. After a bit of internet research found that most people recommend the Fuji ones. Going to grab two for the trip, one for the beach and the other for snorkeling.
Any tips for underwater photography followers?
On Monday…. we are leaving. All I have done till now is make a To-DO and a half hearted shopping list. Time to pull up my socks ( no pun intended). Clock is ticking now, Saturday, Sunday and then take off. Will be putting up pictures of our loot soon after the shopping spree.
So peeps we are officially checked in and Chilling at the YYZ for now.
While we wait for the temperature to rise form -ve 10 to + 25 , you can check this-
While in the line to check in we met a ‘vacationer’ - member of a lucky species that gets paid to travel.
Check her out here: Www.vacationer.transatholidays.com
to be honest its been a few weeks now that we have been back, but I have just been too busy, followed by too lazy, followed by ‘get a heartache everytime I look at the pictures again’, followed bottom of my To-Do list….
But enough I thought, its time to break the silence as I know some of you are waiting for this….so here goes.. enjoy patient followers ! :)