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    Why ‘Ruining’ Cuba Is a Good Thing

    It’s true what they say: Arriving in Havana is like going back in time. Archaic buildings and classic cars provide a picturesque backdrop for live music, dancing, and intoxicating fresh mint mojitos. It’s an…

    May 23, 2016
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    Visiting Viñales

    Viñales, a small town in the Pinar del Río region, was by far my favorite place we visited in Cuba. We stayed in an Airbnb tucked at the edge of a dirt path with…

    May 23, 2016
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    What to Pack for a Trip to Cuba

    Packing for Cuba was just like packing for any tropical destination, but there were a few random items I’m so glad I had, and a few I didn’t have but want to make sure…

    May 23, 2016
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    Coffee Monday

    Cuban Coffee | Coffee Monday

    Though coffee production in Cuba has declined greatly since the 1950s,  Cuban coffee is still well-known around the world, and drinking it is an important part of Cuban culture. The first coffee plantations in…

    April 25, 2016
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    Ultimate Beach Body Scrub

    All week I’ve been rejoicing over the warmer temperatures. Summer is coming! I can stop being cold ALL the time! I’ve also been getting excited to head to Cuba this weekend. Ninety degrees and…

    April 1, 2016
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    Pocket Poppet | New Travel Necessity

    A few weekends ago, I was browsing through treasures at the Randolph Street Market when I discovered Pocket Poppet. Actually, my friend’s mom discovered it and promptly dragged me over to the stand, knowing…

    March 31, 2016
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    In My Carry On | Spring Travel Essentials

    I have a love/hate relationship with March. On the one hand, it’s the start of spring, bringing longer days and the hint of warmer weather. On the other, days fluctuate from warm to cold…

    March 22, 2016
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    Nowruz Mubarak!

    After what seemed like an endless winter, it is finally spring! Sure it’s only 34 degrees in Chicago right now, but the sun is shining and warmer weather is on the way. I loved…

    March 21, 2016