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Central America Caribbean April 17th 2015

When I travel, I usually like to do something new adventure wise. Apparently just traveling isn’t adventurous enough for me anymore. This is how I began SCUBA diving and also how I tried cave tubing, cenote exploring, snorkeling, sunrise hiking, white water rafting, and volcano climbing among other crazy things. The first time I saw anyone kiteboarding, I was inBelize, on Caye Caulker. I instantly wanted to do it. Unlike the fears we talked about in H is for Hot Air Balloon, I have no fears in the water. Most of my joy in life comes from water. Unfortunately, there on Caulker, I did not have the money to afford the expensive lesson. I had not planned for it in my budget for that trip because I didn’t even know such a thing existed at the ... read more


With great anticipation and excitment we travelled to the beautiful Grand Cayman Island for a week. There aren't too many photos as we spent most of our time underwater! We are hoping to attach a few if the "technology gods" allow us. We had an amazing week, one of the highlights, actually the original reason we went there, was to swim with the stingrays at Stingray City...OMG brilliant! We also saw turtles, starfish and a plethora of coral and fish. Overall a very relaxing trip, also an opportunity to get our fix of the ocean, try some amazingly fresh seafood and get a bit of colour on our lily white skin. We hope you are all experiencing your own adventures! Lots of love, The Jaytrippers. P.S. We are missing our beautiful friends and families, stay safe ... read more
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I’m not sure where exactly my affinity for islands came from. Perhaps it started while growing up inHawaii, or perhaps my being a Pisces has something to do with it. Who knows? What I do know, is that islands have been a significant part of my life for a very long time and that the longer I am on an island the longer I’d like to stay. Aside fromHawaii, where I spent two formative years, I’ve spent time on Roatán andÚtila,Honduraswhen I lived and taught there. I would go to the islands often to dive and get away from the tiny town I lived in. One of my favorite places when I live inChileis the little knownislandofChiloéoff the coast of southernChile. I had the unique experience of staying with my good friend, Belén in her family’s ... read more


Bonjour à tous, La fin approche. Nous sommes présentement rendus à Grenade pour la sortie de l'eau de Grand Style qui se fera ce mercredi 08:00 am. La plus grande préparation se fait à l'eau car c'est beaucoup plus frais pour travailler. A terre c'est parfois intenable a cause de la chaleur et le manque de vent. Les derniers jours à terre avant notre retour à St-Jean (dimanche) nous les passerons à l'hôtel avec de l'air climatisé (yes). Depuis notre dernier blogue nous avons reçu en Martinique, notre fille Annie et son amie, ma sœur Sylvie ( sœur de Gilles) et son conjoint Luc et finalement en fin de saison notre grande fille Isabelle qui a fait pour la première fois de la route avec nous (Ste-Lucie, St-Vincent et les Grenadines et Grenade ). Ce fut ... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Matanzas April 12th 2015

My Favorite Martian (blog by Stan) Despite the amazing breadth of diversity that exists in Cuba, despite the very different cultures of east and west, country and city, Christianity and African religions, revolutionary and dissenting politics, there also exists a unity, something essentially Cuban that runs the course of the whole island. One of the uniting factors binding all these cultures together is the universal adoration for a historical figure affectionately known as “The Apostle,” José Martí. His presence permeates everything; you’ll see his bust in front of every school and full statues in most public squares, such as Matanzas’ Parque de la Libertad. You’ll hear quotes and citations in every imaginable public setting, in political speeches, eulogies, festivals, sporting events, sermons (where I sometimes get ... read more
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On the last day of our stay in beautiful Samana, we hired a car with an English speaking guide to see the El Limon Waterfall which is only 25 kilometers (15 miles) from Samana town. Miguel the guide came to pick us up at our hotel at 9 in the morning. On the way we stopped briefly to have a look at part of the Los Haitises National Park which is a protected virgin forest, although we didn't enter it for lack of time. When we arrived at the place we saw a lot of ponies and mules with their handlers waiting for riders/customers. The waterfall itself is very secluded and accessible only by hiking (30 to 45 minutes) or by horseback riding (15-20 minutes). There is a restaurant located right at the entrance of the ... read more
Samana, Dominican Republic
Samana, Dominican Republic
Samana, Dominican Republic


While making our travel plans to visit the Dominican Republic, we booked this tour with Whale Samana managed by Kim Bedall, as it was a unique opportunity to observe humpback whales in their natural environment. We were not disappointed at all. So, on Valentine's Day 2014 we sailed out of the boat pier in Samana on the "Pura Mia" a specially designed whale watch vessel with about 55 enthusiastic people all eager to see the whales in their calving and mating grounds. Kim and a Marine Mammal Specialist accompanied us and gave an excellent live narration throughout the voyage in three different languages, English, Spanish and German. The boat itself was a 55 foot double decker with two modern restrooms and a snack bar. There was plenty of space to move around, and to get a ... read more
Samana, Dominican Republic
Samana, Dominican Republic
Samana, Dominican Republic


I always marveled at author interviews where the writer reveals it took her ten some years to write her first novel. Can that really be possible? Can one really focus and concentrate and work towards one thing for that long? I’m starting to answer that question for myself. And the answer is ‘yes.’ I have been working on my novel, This Story Takes Place in a Bar, for over six years now. It started even longer ago as a short story I wrote. I stumbled upon it again and decided to see what else I could do with it. It is only in the past two years that I have gotten more serious about my write and carved out two hours every morning to write. It is two hours in the early morning which I mostly ... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Cienfuegos April 7th 2015

Trinidad and Cienfuegos sit southwest of Havana about 1.5 hours apart, but in very different situations. Cienfuegos is on a bay and was French at the time most of Cuba was Spanish, so the look and feel of the small town is very different than Trinidad or elsewhere in Cuba. It is the sugar cane center and, as a result, the heart of rum country. Trinidad sits inland about a 20 minute drive from the coast. It was the former sugar cane center of Cuba making many Spaniards in Trinidad extremely wealthy at the turn of the 20th century and the small town still reflects that former wealth. Cienfuegos is flat; Trinidad is on a hill. The streets of Cienfuegos are wide and modern; in Trinidad, they're narrow and cobble-stoned. While sugar cane fed the wealth ... read more
Waiting for Cell Phone, Cienfuegos
Waiting for Cell Phone, Cienfuegos
Main Square, Cienfuegos


On the last evening of our stay in Costa Rica we went to this elegant restaurant high above the hills overlooking the Central Valley. We had booked this tour through our hotel and the cost was $70 per person which included transportation, buffet style dinner, soft and/or alcoholic drinks (as much as you want) and the folklore show. I thought it was a good deal, and we were not disappointed. The van came to fetch us from the hotel at 6:30 pm. There were already two ladies in the car. Later on we found out they were from Mexico. I thought we were going to pick up more guests, but the van headed straight for the town of Aserri in the outskirts of San Jose. It was a long drive the last part of which was ... read more
San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica




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