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.

Holidays + Friends = FUN TIMES !!!

Each year we go on our annual autism camping trip at the Lion’s Max Simms Memorial Camp not far from Bishop Fall’s.  This was no different except for we had a friend join us.  This was something that was planned for a while.  Though, with her line of work, I didn’t want to get the kids excited that she was coming to camp with us, we weren’t sure if work would stop her from coming.  But she was adamant on coming.  And what a time we all had too.

I was going to write day by day of our time, but it would be too long, so I’ll write the highlights.  Of course a few days before she was to catch her flight here, she managed to twist her ankle on the only pebble on her usual jogging trail.  Which ran along side a train track.  You can imagine the tutting and shaking my head and giggling I done when she tweeted what she had just done, LOL.  I couldn’t help but to laugh.  But I loves ya darling. 🙂

Anyway, the kids at this point was out around the bay.  And if you’re from Newfoundland, you’ll understand that.  🙂  Denise was at my parents house in New Harbour (yes, that’s the right spelling) and Brett was with Paul’s parents in Heart’s Delight.  It worked out nicely that way, at least when the flight got in, we’d have time to ourselves and could relax,,, sort of. 😉

We got her back to the house, long enough for her to claim Denise’s room for the night, and then it was out for supper (or dinner as most people call it) to City Lights on Topsail Rd.  It was nice, just the 3 of us.  Unwinding after a long day.  Then we headed back home where Paul had planned on taking her for a ride on the quad.  But before they headed off, I brought out the ice cream cake we had for her.  Sorry I forgot to get a picture of it.  But it was decorated with purple trimming, her favorite color.

Whoops, all this time typing and you haven’t a clue who the friend was. 🙂  It was Mylene.  For those of you asking the answer is yes.  She’s the very one who my family and I took on a tour of St. John’s last year.  WOW!!!  It’s been a year already.  Geez, time does fly.

Anyway, Paul and Mylene got all geared up with helmets, boots and jackets for her trip up to see our cabin/shack.  Yes I have a picture of that, but sorry, it’s not going public.  I think I’ll have it blown up though and framed for the main wall upstairs, LOL

While they were gone, I straightened up the house a bit.  Though, the majority of it was done,, just a few odds and ends left to do.  By the time they got back, it was time enough for a cuppa tea or coffee, and a piece of the ice cream cake and a chat before we headed off to bed.

The next morning, Paul made us breakfast while I finished packing our clothes for the trip.  Our first stop for the day was at my parents house.  Because we had to pop in to pick up Denise, Mom suggested that we come out for dinner (or lunch as some may call it).  So we packed up the truck with our suitcases, Angel and Hame (typically it’s spelled Hammie, but Hame is how Denise spells it) and we were off.

Oh, I almost forgot, we had the official WWF belt with us.  Before their name changed to WWE.  Bret The Hitman Hart and Kevin Nash (Diesel) were here in Torbay on tour and the General Manager of the Delta Hotel was in attendance.  They had a prize for the lucky person who’s name they drew out of a bag.  And you guessed it, he won it.  Well, he gave us the belt on loan to take to the camp with us.  For the kids to enjoy getting their picture with it.  And it was a huge hit.  Not only with the kids, but even with some of the dads.  Although, I couldn’t help but to walk around with it draping over my shoulder. 😉

Though, before reaching mom’s, I just had to tell Paul to pull over and get a picture of Mylene with the Dildo sign.  Yes, it’s a name of a community not far from where I grew up, LOL.

Anyway, after our moose soup at mom’s and some pictures that mom and Mylene were taking, it was time to head down to Paul’s parents house for the night.  Unfortunately dad wasn’t home while we were there, so I told mom to pop down the shore so dad could meet Mylene.  We packed up Denise and headed off.

As we were entering Cavendish, I asked Paul to pull over on the other side of the road from the house I actually grew up in.  The house in New Harbour is new, I never grew up there.  So he stopped and I pointed to Mylene what room the windows belonged to in the front.  We didn’t stop there long, and it wasn’t until after we had drove off again that I realized that I didn’t introduce Mylene to Jason.  He’s a friend of mine I grew up with and who bought my house.  That’s another story in itself, lol.  Anyway, sorry about that Mylene, 😦

We got to Paul’s parents house and when Brett realized who was with us, he gave her a hug.  I’m not sure she was expecting that.  Not sure any of us were to be honest.  But Brett certainly has grown.  And I don’t mean in height, although he’s way taller then I am now.  But I mean in words and being more aware of his surroundings.  This was the summer where Brett was going to shock and surprise us all. 🙂

After the sleeping arrangements were taking care of, Paul and I took Mylene to meet his grandmother.  We weren’t there that long before Paul’s aunt and uncle popped by.  And it wasn’t long after that when Paul got a call that my parents were there.  So we said our good-byes and headed back to the house.

It doesn’t happen that often when we get both sets of grandparents in the same house, but when it does, you can bet there’ll be laughter.  Especially with Wayne’s jokes.  They are not that funny, but you laugh because he’s cracking up laughing at his own jokes. LOL.  I’m not sure how long my parents were there for, but I know it was a great time.

Well, after they were gone, it was time to hit the bunks as well.  We wanted to get on the road as early as possible.  Mainly cause we wanted to make a few stops along the way.  We said our good-byes to the in-laws, made sure Hame (Hammie) was settled into the room for the while we were gone.  Yeah, we had Paul’s parents look after the pets while we were at camp.  We were staying inside this time as we had the camper sold, it was much easier this way.

Next morning….

After we helped clean up from breakfast, I started handing Paul the suitcases to be packed in the back of the truck so we could head off.  It was supposed to rain that day,, more like drizzle here and there, so Paul had to put all our suitcases in individual garbage bags to keep dry.  As well as cover it all with a tarp.  With all 5 of us aboard the truck, we said our byes and headed off.

We were making good timing.  We were able to make a couple of stops.  One was Goobies, the other was Gambo.  Our last stop before the camp was to Gander.  Typically we go to Mary Brown’s for some chicken, but we were hoping to meet up with a couple of other friends at McDonalds.  I know, I know.  Trust me, I’d much rather have gone to Mary Brown’s.  Anyway, after our late lunch, we headed to a liquor store to pick up some goodies for camp.  Friday and Saturday nights are reserved for partying.  Especially after the kids are in their beds.  And as I’m the Camp DJ, I was all pumped in getting the party started. 😀

We found the store, which is attached to Dominion (grocery store), because I had to pick up a few things for Brett.  Then Paul caught up with me.  He wanted to get a cod’s head.  Our plan was to screech in Mylene. 😉  Unfortunately, they didn’t have any, so we had to settle for a salmon’s head instead.  It still served it’s purpose. 🙂

Then we were off again.  And no sooner were we on the dirt road headed to the camp, when Paul put on the brakes,,, unexpectedly I may add.  It wasn’t until he started backing back that we realized why.  MOOSE!!!!

Yep, a real one.  It was young though, but still very cool.  Paul gently got out of the truck, and I hit the button to put down the window for Mylene in the back seat to get some pictures,, and videos.  I’m surprised she had room on her camera by the time she left to go home again, LOL

We got to the camp and gave a look around to see what other vehicles were here.  Of course right away, the kids headed to the playground.  Which was fine, gave us time to look for Doreen, the lady in charge 😉  We did meet up with another parent though, but she hadn’t seen Doreen.  So we started to unload the truck to the usual rooms we claim every year.  The best part was that we were the only ones in that section.  Which was great, it gave us some extra privacy.

Well the whole weekend was amazing.  Mylene was enjoying her time with the families, especially the kids, LOL.  And the best of all was the fact that Brett was very social this time.  A parent seen Brett walking about and said “Hi Brett.”  With his shock, Brett answered back “Hi.”  We weren’t there to see or hear this, the parent told Paul after the fact.  But hearing that, it was a WOW moment.

Compared to last year where all he wanted to do was to stay in the TV room off the cafeteria, every announcement of a craft, he had no problems in leaving what he was doing and join in this time.  And especially if someone changed the channel on him.  He would have been very pissed off that the only way to calm him down was to put the show back on that he was watching.  This year, if someone came in and changed the channel, it was like ‘oh well’, and he’d be found on the merry-go-round.  Well there or the swings.  Like I said,, Brett has changed so much this past year.  We’re not sure if it’s cause he’s getting older and thus more mature, or if it was for the fact that Mylene was there experiencing his camp with him.  We’re going to say it’s cause of Mylene, 🙂

It’s hard to figure out with Brett who he’s going to latch onto, but when he first met her last year, he would smile when we’d mention her name.  Even showing him pictures and asking him who it is, he’d smile and say her name.  And correctly at that.  🙂

Besides Brett’s transformation, we also screeched in Mylene.  That was so much fun trying to get everything ready for it on the sly, lol.  But we managed to pull it off.  She was so overwhelmed with what we were doing that she started to fill up.  Of course I felt my eyes getting a little teary, but I managed to wipe the tears away without anyone seeing me, 🙂 I hope.  It was an awesome time, one that I’m sure I’ll tell over and over to whoever will listen, 🙂

But, I’m sorry to say I don’t have any pictures.  I know, my bad.  I’ll get some from Mylene when I chat with her again.  Lord knows she’s took enough, LOL  And you can pretty much bet that she’ll have some up on her blog.  The only picture I was able to get was of Brett showing off the WWF Championship Belt.Brett with the WWF Championship Belt

I probably missed some things, and if I did, I’ll make notes for another blog.  But for now, I’ll end it right here.

To Mylene; I want to tell you how much I enjoyed having you share our holiday with you.  Our first meeting last year was nothing compared to this one.  Taking the time out of your schedule to join us on our annual camping trip meant everything to me, especially the kids.  You’re an awesome friend, one I’ll treasure forever.  So this video is for you.  I’m getting there with accepting compliments, and I think this video says it all.  Thank you Mylene, for being you, 🙂

K, xoxo