New Years in Cuba

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Many of you know that Desi and I had a wonderful vacation in Cuba. We were gone for a week, including New Year’s Eve and had a very relaxing and enjoyable time!

We stayed at Costa Morena, about 40 minutes outside of Santiago de Cuba. The resort was only rated at 2.5 stars, particularly because it didn’t have a beach. This didn’t bother us, and instead we were greeted by beautiful displays of crashing waves just off shore. This made for some breathtaking scenery and a few good photos:

I had decided not to bring my camera, and instead brought mom’s tiny inexpensive point&shoot camera. While it always felt limiting, I was able to get some nice photos… proving that it isn’t the camera, it’s the photographer. 🙂

This little critter was found near one of the buildings far away from the water, likely to die there if we hadn’t come across it. Desi and I decided to bring it back to the water and give it another chance at life, and with the help of another guest at the resort, named him “Charlie”. We both picked him up, it was one of many spontaneously fun moments in our trip.

We did a bit of traveling on our vacation, to the nearby city of Santiago de Cuba and to a nearby aquarium to watch a display with Dolphins and Seals.  When in Santiago, we traveled with another couple, Katarina and Egor (you still have to e-mail me! 🙂 ) which was a blast, they are very fun people. We checked out a nearby castle as well, which was great for pictures:

We met wonderful people on our trip, including a delightful older lady named Rosemary, which we weren’t able to visit due to crazy prices for “official” taxis. A shout-out to Leigh and Dennis as well, who were always a source of great information.

I know that Desi and I enjoyed our stay very much. Good food, great people, near-perfect weather and only a few things that we wish were better. There are so many stories, but I’ll let the photo gallery below tell as many of them as possible:


  1. Meme & Pepe
    January 15th, 2011 | 7:28 pm

    Hi Don & Desi

    Glad to hear and see that you both had a great holiday in Cuba.
    The pictures tell a tale all of their own. Happy your both back safe and sound. Love to everyone.

    Love Meme & Pepe

  2. Sarah
    January 16th, 2011 | 8:42 pm

    Looks like a nice vacation. You two look great together in that photo.

  3. Karryna
    January 17th, 2011 | 11:03 pm

    Love the pictures you guys! Sounds like you has a wonderful, well-deserved trip. Kevin and I are glad that we got to see you before you left and I’m also glad to see that Desi is wearing the sweater I bought her in one of the pictures! Miss you guys and hope to see you soon!

  4. Diane and Walter
    February 1st, 2011 | 4:00 pm

    Hey Don and Desi

    Looks like you both had a wonderful time. Don, you’ll have to teach me how to use my camera so that I can take great photo’s like you did. Great photo of you and Desi also I really like the one of Desi in the Castle and you near the water with the sunset.

    Love Mom and Walter

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