"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."  - Mark Twain

Consumer to Conscious

I started a journey around four months ago, right after graduating college. In summary, I simplified my life: e s s e n t i a l i s m . I feel so great. So light! (Physically and mentally.) My space is not cluttered. (I'm still talking physically and mentally! And so spiritually, as [...]

Cuba: 6 MAJOR Things to Know Before Visiting

There were MANY lessons we learned in Cuba, but six major ones I hope everyone can learn from our first-timer visit. THE TAXI DRIVERS SWINDLE: If you know basic Spanish a.k.a. can count to ten, speak it and know you can always haggle down the price. We didn't understand how much we were being swindled [...]

VIDEO: Paradise in Trinidad, Cuba

"Without disaster, there would be no calm." I remember in 6th grade, my teacher Ms. Castillo said this in Geography class. I wrote that down in my planner and since then, have been reminded that life needs one for the other. My previous post told about some of the "disaster" in Cuba. Here is "the [...]

Trinidad Disaster: Hiding from Security

It was past midnight and the air was humid. Seven were hiding behind one thick tree, with the bright hotel lights shining in our direction. We had all our small backpacks and bags with us, trying to figure out in which scenario that we did not get caught by security or have to sleep outside. [...]

Trinidad: Prior to Paradise

The four of us, Emily, Shakun, Nathaly and I, had spent the night in Varadero. The second day, the rest of our salsa teammates arrived: Royce, Zaida, and Ralyn. We spent an hour at the beautiful Caribbean beach in the afternoon and then it was time to go to the House of Ron (Rum). As [...]

VIDEO: One Night in Varadero, Cuba

Even when we arrived in Varadero--the resort city--we found the best dancing in the downtown area at Calle 62. Comment below and let me know what you think of my videos! I really appreciate the feedback. And I've just finished a video on our amazing adventure in the next town, so keep your eyes peeled! [...]

VIDEO: Cuba! Part 2 ¡Bailamos!

Join us on our dancing excursion... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RUfX6Mylb0 Today, we didn't do much but buy Cuban rum and hang out with our housemates. I called our salsa teacher, Yohan, to book him for some more group lessons, and he ended up invited us to his birthday party that night. A CUBAN SALSA TEACHER'S BIRTHDAY PARTY?? This was [...]