20. December 2012: For updates on this post please visit: http://www.circumnavigator.dk/2012/10/16/free-travelling-cuba/
When I travelled around Cuba for a couple of weeks, most of the nights I stayed in people’s private homes – the so-called casas particulares. In every city you come to, there are plenty of these private home stays to choose from and it is very affordable accommodation too. Apart from a private room and sometimes a bath room, breakfast and also dinner is usually included in the price. And it can surely be recommended to go for the casa particular dinner option in Cuba, since the quality of the home-cooked food is usually much better than in most of the restaurants.
Then there is another advantage of staying in people’s private homes. You get to meet and talk with them in their own environment. Since my spanish is not 100% perfect, I was happy to have my Mediterranean travel companion with me to translate, because the talks we had with the locals before dinner while sipping a chilled mojito, were absolutely the best way to learn more about the Cuban culture.
Being a true adventurer and experienced traveller, one of the things that touched me the most during these talks was when the topic came to the obstacles travelling out of Cuba. I consider myself being lucky to be able to freely leave my home country and visit almost all countries in the world without too much bureaucratic hassle.
I have today read the very good news that the Cuban government as of the 14. January 2013 will ease up on the ability to leave the country and with a valid passport and visa only making it possible to go travelling. Read more about the ending of exit permits here. I wish the Cubans happy and free travelling.
And then of course, I can only recommend travellers to visit Cuba – an amazing country indeed. Don’t just stay in one of the big hotels up north. Take a bus to one of the beautiful cities Trinidad, Cienfuegos or Viñales and stay in a casa particular and meet the authentic Cuban people.
20. December 2012: For updates on this post please visit: http://www.circumnavigator.dk/2012/10/12/remembering-kuta/
The reason for travelling is usually to have fun and experience good things, but sometimes during the tour you see or go through things that are unpleasant and move you emotionally.
I remember when I almost 6 years ago was standing on the memorial square in the middle of Kuta on Bali. As in many other cities of Indonesia, the streets around me were busy with cars, motorbikes and people, but I was standing in silence looking at all the names of the innocent victims of the Bali bombings only 4 years earlier. Apart from the very long list of names it touched me extra emotionally, when I found the names of three Danish girls there. It all somehow got really close – the fear of terrorism.
Only a few months prior to my world travel, the little usually innocent and beloved Denmark (and the Danish people) was with some drawings suddenly a possible target for terror actions. It did make me skip the Danish flag on the back of my backpack, but it didn’t and never will stop me from going on adventures and visit new countries to meet and talk to locals with another background, religion or believe. Because at the end of the day, we are all human beings with the same human feelings inside, and I believe that the more you learn about other cultures, the more understanding you get for the beautiful differences there are to your own background.
I can surely recommend to visit Indonesia and especially Bali to experience for yourself the beauty of the island and it’s people.
in Bella Italia
and could throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain in the fantastic city Rome, like I did in 2009.
20. December 2012: For updates on this post please visit: http://www.circumnavigator.dk/2012/10/11/bella-italia/
When I the other day made my list of countries I have travelled to it struck me, that apart from the countries I have lived in the past 10-15 years, the country I have visited most times is Italy. Not that it is a big surprise actually, because for me it is very hard to find anything bad about Italy.
The culture is fantastic, the ancient history and the architecture, the nature from high mountains to great beaches, the fantastic art and design, the amazing food and wine, the mediterranean climate and last but not least the people and their lifestyle. Simply La Dolce Vita in Bella Italia.
So even though I hope, that I within the next 10-15 years will reach the number of at least 50 different countries travelled, I promise I will always return to Italy again and again.
My latest visit to Italy was in august this year, where I visited my favourite Italian friend, Marina, in her home town, Limone sul Garda. A very picturesque town at the northern part of the beautiful Garda Lake.
What is your favourite country to travel to, and why?
20. December 2012: For updates on this post please visit: http://www.circumnavigator.dk/2012/10/08/circumnavigator/
About 5 years ago I was standing in front of a statue of James Cook in Christchurch on New Zealand. I said to myself: “what a cool title to have – CIRCUMNAVIGATOR!!!”.
I might not have found new land like James Cook or travelled many months over sea to set feet on new shores. But I did do the big circle around our earth in 2006/2007 – my circumnavigation. Before and after that I have explored several places on our beautiful world. And hopefully I will still do that many years from now.
I will in this blog tell about past, present and future travel experiences – and you never know, maybe another circumnavigation.
To travel is to live, and life is also a travel, so between all the fantastic stories about adventurous experiences – local or global, I will season the blog with small stories about life in general.
I hope that you will enjoy and thanks for following.