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Revisiting a list from July 2003

Posted by cybertoad on 07/10/2016 in bucket list, travel |

Wow! While cleaning up this blog to convert it to a travel blog, I came across this post from 13 years ago listing locations I wanted to visit in my lifetime. Thrilled to see I’ve made some headway – and even visited some locations a few times. If I have visited a location, I’ve added […]

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Passporting since 1979…

Posted by cybertoad on 07/06/2016 in travel |

I have had a passport ever since I can remember and was surprised to find out when I was in a study abroad prep class in college that most of my classmates had never had one. I assumed everyone had one, even if they didn’t travel! I still have almost all of my past passports: […]

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Dusting this blog off…

Posted by cybertoad on 06/22/2016 in commentary, personal, travel |

Hello everyone! I hope you like the updated look and the new focus on travel. I’ve had this blog since the summer of 2001 and I couldn’t just give it up after 15 years. You can read a little more of the blog’s history here… In addition to simply updating the theme with new background […]

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My Thoughts on Cuba & Tourism

Posted by cybertoad on 06/15/2016 in caribbean, cuba, travel |

I know I’ve been posting a lot of photos from Cuba, And it’s funny because through the various Instagram filters I’ve used, I am romanticizing the city. As I edited my photos in Instagram I’d show my Tia Gladys my pictures and she was like, “Wait, that’s my street or that’s the city? You’ve made […]

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More almendrones

Posted by cybertoad on 06/15/2016 in instagram, photography, travel |

This is a great article that explains the classic car phenomenon in Cuba, or almendrones as they are called, but to summarize: “New American cars have been off-limits under the U.S. trade embargo since 1960. In fact, until a relaxation of rules in 2013, Cubans were forbidden to buy any cars manufactured abroad. And only […]

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Cruising Quinta Avenida

Posted by cybertoad on 06/15/2016 in instagram, photography, travel |

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Visiting Mom’s Old House in Habana

Posted by cybertoad on 06/14/2016 in travel |

Today’s story… We visited the house Mom & Dad lived in as newlyweds (Dad had lived there during his previous marriage). The current owners graciously allowed us in. This mirror and shelf are right at the entrance and the current owner said they just can’t be removed without doing damage so there they are, over […]

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Los Padres Pasionististas

Posted by cybertoad on 06/14/2016 in caribbean, cuba, instagram, photography, travel |

The church where my parents got married back in December of 1964.

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Afternoon Thunderstorm

Posted by cybertoad on 06/14/2016 in caribbean, cuba, instagram, photography, travel |

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Beach Day

Posted by cybertoad on 06/14/2016 in instagram, photography, travel |

It’s not Varadero but it’s still pretty. Visiting Santa Maria Beach, about 30 minutes from Habana.

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