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    7 Steps for Trip Planning Success

      Trip Planning Made Easy Is trip planning daunting to you?  I recently took an amazing trip to Scotland that I planned all by myself.  After seeing my posts on Facebook, I had tons of people ask if I planned it myself and how I did it.  You asked, so I will use this recent trip to show how I did it.   Research, Research, Research Where? So you know where you are going, but where are you going?  Why are you going there?  Is there a particular place that you want to visit? Is this state/country just on your bucket list? The internet is out there and it is…

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    Overcoming Disappointment – Hiking in Scotland

    Well, you may remember, I planned to hike Ben Nevis, the highest point in the UK, with my husband while in Scotland. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned and we did not reach the summit.  I posted about climbing Ben Nevis for much the same reason that I started a blog.  Accountability. If I posted about it, then I would do it. I failed.  Not completely, but enough to feel the disappointment.  And because of my blogging about it, public disappointment.  Should I just hang my head in shame? I could do that. Throw myself a little pity party. Nope.  Not doing it.  Rather than dwell on what I…

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    Discovering Cuban Art

    It should be no surprise that there has always been art in Cuba.  We just weren’t invited to the party. In the past decade as restrictions have been lightened for U.S. citizens as well as some changes in the Cuban leadership so has their opportunity to showcase their creativity. The Fábrica de Arte Cubano is one of those showcases.  It’s a multi-story facility that used to be a cooking oil factory. It’s part night club, part art gallery, teeming with artists of all kinds.  In addition to paintings, sculptures, photography, there is film, and music.  You are surrounded by it. It is truly an experience.  My daughter had been in…

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    Hiking in Scotland – Training for Ben Nevis

      In sixteen days my husband is taking me to Scotland for our 30th anniversary.  Scotland is not his dream trip. It’s mine. Since he is a hiker, the trade off is that I agreed to hike Ben Nevis, the highest point in the Scotland.  Actually, it’s the highest in the UK. Reality check.  The last time we went hiking, we were backpacking in Colorado with our daughter.  I had a meltdown. I broke down and started crying on the trail.  In my defense, we weren’t just hiking.  We were actually backpacking.  I was carrying a 45 pound pack, beginning at an altitude of 8,000 feet. The destination was Conundrum…

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    When to go to Cuba – A Tale of Two Havanas

    Have you been wanting to make a trip to the elusive island? I was blessed to be able to go to Cuba in February 2016 with my husband and again in June 2017 with my daughter. My trips were about 16 months apart and I was absolutely amazed by the growth and change in that short time. The other huge difference was the weather and how it affected how we moved about the city. Havana in February You will need a jacket/sweater in the evening, especially if you are walking along the Malecon. The wind coming off the ocean can be quite brisk so be sure you have something a…