Cuba 2016 Adventure

Well that’s another trip full of fun memories to put under my belt.  Or in a photo album for all to see.

Cuba.

To be precise, Melia Las Antillas on the Varadero peninsula.

Beautiful spot.

It’s an older hotel, but the updates they have done in the last couple of years (and still doing while we were there), it looks awesome.

Old look

Old look

New look

New look

My hubby and I were there in 2014 and fell in love with the people.  Yes it’s an older resort, but what awesome updates they have done in the past 2 years.  In fact, they were still working on the new stone walkways while we were there, and they look amazing.

Big difference!!!

We got there before our room was ready, the same one we had a couple of years ago, and didn’t mind the little bit of wait.  Because of the mishap from our first time visiting, the resort was very accommodating to my requests.

Me and Betsy

Everything was given a face lift as it were.  I’m excited to go back to see what else they’ve added.  Plus we miss our Cuban family.  They are the reason why we work hard to go back.  Betsy, Raul, Martica; love and miss them all.

Me and Martica

Me and Martica

These two ladies were awesome to get to chat with again.  There’s a funny story involving Martica that I’ll share in a little bit.  I’m sure she’ll never forget it any time soon.

We (my husband and I) didn’t bother with any excursions this time around. We did however visit Varadero for a few hours. Unfortunately, it was a day where it was high winds, even the beaches were closed down as the waves were really high and too dangerous to swim. Because of this, everyone had the bright idea of going to Varadero for the day, which caused every double-decker bus to be over the limit of people.  A couple of buses passed us by because they couldn’t take any more people.  Some people were grabbing taxis, we waited for the next bus.  Hoping it wasn’t too full.  No such luck though.  But we made it and went to the bigger of their flea markets.  Sorry I didn’t get a picture, I’ll get one on the next trip.  I didn’t think about the picture until after we were 2 blocks away.  Wasn’t going back, LOL.

And when I said ‘everyone’ I mean EVERYONE from every resort on the Varadero peninsula. LOL.  There were a couple of buses that past us by because they were loaded down.  To the point where they were actually leaning to one side.  I highly doubt that was safe, LOL.  But it was an adventure nonetheless. 🙂

We got to the market and browsed around first before committing on actually buying stuff.  Most things were the same as 2 years ago, others were new-ish.  Towards the end of the browsing, we stumbled across some wooden carvings.  What got our attention was the 3-headed dragon.  I looked at my hubby and we both said, “Yep.”  The young man there spoke great English, and apparently he works part time as a tour guide.  You will have to forgive me though, as I can’t remember his name.  But when I find his card, I’ll edit to add him in.

They had all kinds of wooden carvings.  And yes, they were finished wood to bring home.  So we ended up getting the 3-headed dragon, a dinosaur’s head (which really looked more like Nessy), a dolphin and a turtle (those 2 were for our daughter).  The gentleman was kind enough to burn on their names, Cuba and 2016 on the dinosaur’s head and the tail of the dolphin.  Our kids loved these most of all.

It was lovely this time to just relax and not have a care in the world.  Meeting new people from all over the world and just hanging out at the pool bar with Raul and the other 2 Musketeers 🙂  Miss those guys and can’t wait to see them again.

Now don’t get me wrong,, even though we had an awesome time with just me and hubby,, I did miss our friends we traveled with 2 years ago.  But when traveling with just your significant other, you get to think about a lot of things and people who matter to you the most.  And I’m so grateful for everyone I have in my circle.  Albeit it’s not a big circle, but I know who I can count on when I’m having a bad day. 🙂

Now before I end off this post,, mainly because I’ve had this in draft since MARCH, but I mentioned a funny story that happened.  So now’s a good a time as any to tell it.

Ok.  So we were having our last night at the Italiano restaurant, invited by Carlos, and we were enjoying the music being played in the back ground.  Well for whatever reason I happened to look at the PAINTED clocks on the wall that were opposite to our table when I felt the urge to want to hurry.  I knew we weren’t seated for that long, but the time on the “clock” was 10:14pm.  So I told hubby that we have to hurry or we’re going to miss the entertainment (it already started 9:30pm).  Well, he looked at me funny and looked at his real watch.  It was only 8pm at this point. He started laughing so much his face was turning red and he started crying.  When I realized what I said, I started laughing.  Our server, Martica seen us and came over to see what we were laughing at.  Hubby told her and she started laughing too.  Poor girl was even trying to server other customers or reset tables and not laugh.  I have to commend her for that one, LOL.  At one point she walked past us and spoke, “I can’t look at you right now”.  LOL.   Anyway, if you ever go to this resort and go to the Italiano restaurant, ask Martica if that’s the right time. LOL.Is that the real time?

Thank you to Melia Las Antillas for sending me the picture.

It was definitely the most memorable visit.  One that I doubt we (or Martica) will ever forget, LOL

So until next time.

K ❤

 

The lost has returned,,,, or have they??? lol

Yes, I know it’s been a while since I’ve written a blog.  And I know I said that I’d try and write something every day, but to be honest, I am not that creative to think of interesting topics to talk about like others do.  I’m having a hard enough time trying to get back into my writing schedule.  After all, I still have a sequel to write.  And a script.  I swear that one is going to be the death of me yet.

I guess the latest bit of news is that my trip to Cuba with hubby and friends went off successfully.  Albeit a rough start, but once we got settled in, we were able to relax (somewhat), and take in the sights (and drinks 😉 ) and meet new people.

We went on a little day trip to Varadero by means of a double decker bus.  That was fun.  It was my first time on one, and we got to sit in the upper part.  You pay 5 pesos each to get on, the lady would give you a ticket (more like a piece of paper with the name of the bus on it) and you go into town.  There’s no set time either to have to catch the bus back.  Anyway, we got to a spot where our friends remembered from their first time there and we got off.

I must say,, I was pleasantly surprised.  There were no one hounding you to buy their stuff.  Until we went on our Havana excursion.  Luckily for our tour guide, there were only 8 of us going (less people to loose).  Our guide (Maibel) and driver (Pavel) for the Havana tour were awesome.  She was very well informed on the sights we seen, plus any other little tidbits that we might find interesting.

We also done the Dolphins and Catamaran excursion, which was a lot of fun.  They took us snorkelling,, which I tried to do, but in the end, ended up going back to the boat.  I think if I had to have had on a life jacket, I wouldn’t have panicked as much.  I can swim, as long as I know I can touch bottom, I’m fine.  In this case, I was finding it hard to concentrate on the breathing.  I had a face mask (the kind that goes over your eyes and nose), and for some reason, I forgot to take in a deep breath and go under.  Thus the panicking.  If we ever go to Cuba again, I’ll be wearing a life jacket so the overwhelming feeling of drowning won’t come over me. 🙂

Though, just one week is clearly not enough time to relax.  It would have been if there wasn’t so much confusion for the first 2 days.  But then Tuesday we went to Varadero, Wednesday we done the Havana tour (which was Old and New Havana, cigar factory and the rum factory and store).  Thursday we took a break and stayed on the resort. Friday was the Catamaran, then Saturday was home again.  Our friends had another week left.

Anyway,, That’s pretty much our Cuba trip,, I’ll leave ya now with some pictures during our week of fun.

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I love gardens!!!

I love gardens!!!

The power of Hurricane Sandy.  Big stones embedded into the tree.

The power of Hurricane Sandy. Big stones embedded into the tree.

I used to have this as an indoor plant. They are growing everywhere down there.

Tallest bridge

Pavel, me, Maibel & my hubby

On the Catamaran heading to see the dolphins

On the Catamaran heading to see the dolphins

getting kisses

Getting kisses

This is what our maid, Betsy, done for our last night there.

One of many fish that was there in the little pool of water on the resort.

We hope to visit the same resort again in the future.

Until my next adventure,,,

K.