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Travel To Cuba Is Nearer Than Ever

All I want to know is when do I get to go to Cuba?  Three cheers for the Obama administration for setting the stage for possible civilian travel to Cuba in the coming years.  We’re not there yet, well not unless you’re a descendant with relatives in Cuba but hopefully the announcement this week on easing restrictions to Cuba will put American travelers on the path to visiting the historic country.

I want to go to Cuba, legally go to Cuba, in my lifetime.  I’d like to see the people and hear their stories; witness the gritty streets and decaying but gorgeous architecture with my own eyes; I’d like to dance there until dawn and watch the sunrise on the beach with a Mojito in hand.  Although Castro may think it’s not enough and Cuban infrastructure needs work, I hope that tourism can be a bridge of understanding and that someday soon I’ll get to be part of closing the divide between our two nations.

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Photo thanks to IgoUgo member bnicolas007

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My name: Amy is my name, but I'll answer to Ame, Ames or Aimee.

How I earn my keep: My beat is travel, but my passion is collecting stories from people I meet on the road.

Hotel I could move into: Must I pick only one?! The Palacio Duhau a Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires tops my list. For the stunning restoration of the palace and tasteful new tower that create a thoughtful intersection of old and new. Every public and private space captivates. I'd move for the grand Alvear entry as much as for the manicured garden. For the wine and cheese tastings, the dulce de leche, the art gallery, the flower shop and for all the careful attention to detail that went into creating a hotel that is transcendent. If I were to pick a hotel that most felt like me, it would be The Inn at the Manor in the Cotswolds. Oh, I could definitely live there curled up with a book in a leather chair in the bar or outside among the English wildflowers. If I wanted to live in a land far away, the Ngoro Ngoro Crater Lodge would make a unique home with a view of the crater floor from every room (including the loo!), sumptuous beds, endless roses and the most unusual neighbors - massive water buffalo who won't bother you if you stay close to your Maori guide.

If I won the lottery, I'd live in: A historic farmhouse with an enormous barn and hundreds of acres tucked into a small town in New England or a Malibu beach house with stunning views and the surf just steps away. On second thought, winning the lottery means I could jet from coast to coast and enjoy them both.

Favorite way to get around: By foot. Whether in the city or country, I find the best way to get to know someplace is ambling around to discover and sample the distinct sights, sounds, smells, and tastes a place has to offer.

View that took my breath away: Looking toward the sky in Arusha and watching black and white Colobus monkeys scramble among the treetops, jumping from one tree to the next, floating through the sky like a primate version of Superman. Monkeys know how to have a good time!

My most beloved place in the whole world is: The place I visited last. What can I say? I'm fickle.

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Comments

Carrie
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I am SO excited about this news. I am aching to go to Cuba. I have a friend who just went in Feb and had nothing but amazing things to say.

I think our administration working to open up these doors is fantastic. I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for future progress in this area.

John
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Wow, you really like to do alot in Cube from what you have described.

The Cathedral of Saint Christopher of Havana is beautiful. Not to mention the “Yank tank”. Cheers.

Gene
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I don’t think you’ll see it in your lifetime, personally. No president will have the guts to anger the Cuban-Americans in Florida who hate the Castros and want the embargo to continue because of their strong anti-Communist stance. They’ll vote against whomever tries to end it, and as we’ve seen in the past, Florida’s electoral votes are important.

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