Event Video – “Cuba: From Us To You”

On the night of March 10, myself and a team of Cuba enthusiasts threw an event in Minneapolis to share Cuba with the Midwest. “Cuba: From Us to You” featured a multimedia presentation, dance performance, and cigar smoking socializing afterwards. Yesterday I published the video of this event–the best of the presentation, performance, and audience…
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A Night Connecting With Cuba

Last night in Minneapolis I co-hosted an evening sharing Cuba with Minnesotans. There was a salsa dance performance, a silent auction & giveaway of Cuba-related prizes, and then I offered a presentation about my recent two weeks traveling this enigmatic nation. Cuba is a coin with two very different sides: expressive and positive on one…
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Cuba Movie #2: A Former Soviet Busts Balls Of Havana Tour Guide

With sound effects, freeze frames, and a musical background, I jazzed up this newest, full-length video from my Cuba travel. It’s about a middle-aged woman from the former Soviet Union badgering our Cuban tour guide. He took it in stride, and she got a kick out of it, too. But this was fairly serious, as…
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My Travel To Cuba: Beach By Classic Car, Waterfall By Horseback

My trip to Cuba was about discovering the culture and society of this island. But I also squeezed in some fun along the way. Today I’ll squeeze in two such outings in one article. After all, they’re both water related–probably not surprising on an island. After taking in the south coast city of Trinidad on Day…
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Cuba Movie #1: Making A Living

My first full video from Cuba! From December 27 to January 10, I explored this provocative nation. In this first video of this series, my guide William shares how everyday people in Cuba makes a living. (Hint: it doesn’t involve the free college.) We filmed in the historic, tourist city Trinidad on the island’s south…
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My Travel To Cuba: Streets Of Trinidad

Trinidad is a touristy city on Cuba’s south coast. Narrow, cobblestone streets, centuries-old Spanish colonial architecture, and a first-rate beach draw visitors from all over (though not too many Americans…yet). So yeah, you’ll see more tourists than locals in some places, but if you’re in the mood for good restaurants, lively music, rich history, and…
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My Travel To Cuba

Sitting into the passenger’s seat of his old VW Beetle, I instinctively slammed the heavy, squeaky door to ensure it shut all the way. Reaching my left hand over my right shoulder for the seat belt, I felt nothing–then looked back to see nothing. I heard a chuckle. I looked to my left and my…
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On Tuesday I Delivered $572.85 To Arkansas Bill

As mentioned last week, we reached our goal to donate $500 to Bill “Arkansas Redneck” Jones. So, to follow through on my word, I set out last Sunday on the 2,000+ mile round trip to visit Bill. By Tuesday morning, I was riding out to Bill’s home with his boy Lance, 33. Upon arrival, I…
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To Cuba This Winter!

Over the years, I haven’t just chosen my travels. They’ve also chosen me. My upcoming trip this winter is no exception. It was an ordinary day for me the middle of last week, working on who-knows-what from my work desk, when a message from a friend popped up on my computer screen. Hanna was reaching…
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TRIPS ARE The TRAILERS For The MOVIE THAT IS OUR LIFE: MY RETURN HOME

My interviews from the Pacific Northwest were complete. I was heading home. Driving the hundreds of hundreds of miles back through Montana and North Dakota, I found myself eager to return. This is a reasonable sentiment. Anticipation of lands unknown had since evaporated. I had already traveled these very highways on my way out west.…
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