One of the ways I love to engage new places and cultures is through dance. With a dance history that led me from ballet to jazz to hip-hop and finally to being certified as a teacher of Improvisational Tribal Style belly dance, dance is...

The best way to learn about a culture is to experience it. Interacting with local people through sharing meals and home stays can change the way we understand a culture. We see it from the perspective of the other, enlightening us as to not only...

The worst thing you can tell a Santero is that you’re visiting for anthropological reasons. When we met Victor, we did exactly that. Santeria has become business in Cuba due to economic difficulties, he said, not because of deficiencies in the religion. There was little...

After a delicious breakfast just like the one we were greeted upon our arrival in Trinidad with, we went to meet Kyky to go horseback riding for the day. The horses were healthy, well-fed animals, unlike many of the others we saw struggling under tourist’s...

We left Baracoa at 2:15 p.m. on the Via Azul for Trinidad. After our Cuban train experience, we hoped the bus would be better. They required that we reserve our place between 8:00 – 12:00, but they wouldn’t accept pay until 1:15. The bus...

After a 34 hour Cuban Train ride, we woke at noon in Casa La Marina; feeling refreshed from a few hours sleep. We were glad we’d pushed the final leg to Baracoa. We ordered lunch from our guest house owners, Roberto and...

5:00 PM: After another day of wandering around Havana, photographing entryways and chatting with locals, here we sit in the packed train station (on top of our backpacks) waiting. The train is late, but that’s to be expected. We’re not taking the 1st class...

We went to the feria after breakfast. Our breakfast consisted of wonderful coffee, milk, a plate of exotic fruits and bread with butter. It cost 3$ USD. At the fair in Old Havana, down by the water, we looked at goods (including drums) and...