Looking back on a wonder Thanksgiving weekend spent in the BC mountains. I was living in Gravelbourg, but had nothing to do for Thanksgiving, so a wonderful friend invited me…
I spent the afternoon after I got off the plane driving along the coast enjoying the sights close to home. Piper's Lagoon, Neck Point and Departure Bay are all local…
When we were planning our trip to Cuba we decided we were going to pack as light as possible and make sure that as many items are possible were multi use. Admittedly Robert did a better job of this then I did. One item that he bought that I will make a purchase of was the Gomex ultra light packable backpack. being able to crush that and get it out of the way on travel days was awesome. He bought the 30L, I definitely want one for the next trip but a little smaller. I do not need 30L of backpack.
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We invested in some packing cubes and compartments to keep our stuff organized and wrinkle free and I wouldn’t go back. I compartmentalize everything now. I even use small zip bag in my purse to keep little things from floating around the bottom. I cannot handle the chaos anymore! Robert loved the foldable shirt organizer and also kept his dress pants in there to make sure they stayed nice.
After being in Cuba for a week and staying in other Casa Particulars we were a little disappointed we didn’t save money and rent just a room while we were in Havana too, but within one day of staying at the apartment we changed our tune.
Staying seven days in the same place the apartment was aweome. Also we had a sick day that made having the apartment also awesome. In the end I am glad we had pre-booked and couldn’t back out, because it gave us space, privacy and made us go out and explore for things like food and water and really pushed us out of our comfort zone.
The front entry held a garage then a porch where cast iron rocking chairs awaited an evening cigar session. There was two layers of gates to get through to the front door. Seeing all the gates everywhere is a little daunting and makes you wonder about crime, but there was never any indication that crime was a problem, but with almost every house being open air without windows the bars are what keep people and dogs out just in case.
We had planned to start our trip in varadero, spend a couple days exploring and figuring the place out, before carrying on the to the next adventure. It wasnt until just before we left canada that we realized the Casa Particular, Hotel Escalona, we booked with on Airbnb was not in Varadero, but in a small town outside of Varadero. This ended up being an amazing oppsie, because we met Pedro and his wife, whom were amazing people and super helpful to us, as well Boca de Camarioca was an excellent first experience of cuba.
The first night we were there we walked to a restaurant and had a snack and a drink before walking down to the beach. The next day we caught the bus that takes you into Varadero for $0.10 CUC (US) a person and is approximately ten minutes of travel. Its also really easy and cheap to catch the bus going the other direction to Mantzanas for $0.20 a person and is closer to 30 min on a bus.