Havana, Cuba!

I went to Cuba, you guys! Actually, I was there just over one week ago and the impression was so deep that I wanted to post about it right away. I realize that there are several trips that I haven’t posted or edited yet, but this one meant something deeper to me and I didn’t want to wait!

You see, Cuba has been shrouded in mystery for me and for most Americans. I honestly didn’t know much about it, but when my friend mentioned she and her friends were booking a trip, I knew I couldn’t miss it. After attaining the necessary paperwork and visas, we booked our flights and found ourselves there in no time. It was a short 43 minute flight from Miami, so it was the perfect way to spend a February weekend away from chilly Chicago.

To say that this was the most enlightening trip of my adult life would be an understatement and I am still processing it all. The main thing I learned was that Cuba is a welcoming, vibrant and resilient country which has me hoping that seeing these photos will inspire you to visit and go explore. Plus, I have the best guide that will help you along with it all. Just send me a note and I am happy to share! I cannot wait to go back.

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The food, the music, the stories and the spirit will stick with me and I was just too excited not to share.

Hasta luego, Cuba! I cannot wait to go back.

A personal post: Lisbon, Portugal

It probably isn't a surprise, but when I travel, I get really excited to photograph all of the things. I love documenting people, their culture and the essence of a place. Also, food! Travel allows me to push myself photographically and beyond my comfort level. And, those of you that know me know that I love a good adventure. Staying at home is not my strong suit. 

Here are some of my favorites from our time in beautiful Portugal last summer. 

Then we were off to Sintra. The land of castles and more castles.

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The next stop was Porto with a side stop in the Alentejo region. On to the next adventure!