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 CUBA BY CAR: Varadero

Traveling Cuba – Last Stage

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Varadero – outside of all inclusive resorts

After traveling throughout the Cuba for 14 days in rented car Vera and I returned to the place where our journey began. It seems like we are leaving old Cuba behind and returning to “real” world, with lots of Canadian tourist around and English language spoken everywhere.

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 CUBA BY CAR: Bay of Pigs

Traveling Cuba – Stage 6.

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Central Cuba – Off the beaten track in Cuba
The leg from the port town of Cienfuegos to Playa Giron, leads through a swamp area and along sugar plantations. The recurring sound of horses makes this leg of the trip cozy. It is a journey amid abundant vegetation very near to the coast, small villages and scare cities.

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 CUBA BY CAR: Trinidad – Cienfuegos

Traveling Cuba – Stage 5.

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Central Cuba – Off the beaten track in Cuba
After breakfast we left Trinidad for the Cienfuegos and Península de Zapata. There we were expecting an extensive swamp region that is inhabited by crocodiles and flamingos, also declared a National Park. We also wanted to see well known Bahia de los Cochinos, the famous Bay of Pigs.

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 CUBA BY CAR – Trinidad

Traveling Cuba – Part 4.

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Central Cuba – Off the beaten track in Cuba
We are continuing our adventurous trip through Cuba. So far we traveled from Havana to western part of Cuba to visit Pinar del Rio and Vinales. From there we returned back east to Varadero and Cardenas, where we stayed over night at casa particular. From Cardenas we traveled on small country roads thru many Cuban villages to visit Santa Clara.

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 CUBA BY CAR: Cardenas – Trinidad

Traveling Cuba – Part 3.

By: Zdenko Kahlina
Central Cuba – Off the beaten track in Cuba
We are continuing our adventurous trip through Cuba. After dropping off our friend Ljiljana at the Varadero airport, Vera and I drove to a small town Cardenas, which is only 38 km east of Varadero airport. There we could rent a room in casa particular since this would be illegal in Varadero.

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 CUBA BY CAR: Pinar del Rio – Vinales

Traveling Cuba – Part 2.

 By: Zdenko Kahlina

 Havana – Pinar del Río (region) - Off the beaten track in Cuba
So, after spending five days strolling through the streets and beaches of Havana, our plan was to rent a car and drive around the country.

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 CUBA ON YOUR OWN – Havana Casa particular

Traveling Cuba – Part 1.

 By: Zdenko Kahlina

Havana – Casa particular
The best vacations are when you travel without schedule. I refuse to go on one of these “All inclusive” tourist packages where they give you a schedule and they say, “O.K., from nine to 10 we’re going to go to the museum, and then from 10 to 11, and we are going to the art museum, then we’ll stop for a lunch”. That to me is like being in school; that’s not a vacation.

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 City of Mangos

Travel Costa Rica

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Spending days in Alajuela, Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s second largest city in terms of size, Alajuela lies only 20 km northwest of the capital San Jose in the beautiful Central Valley. We arrived there from La Fortuna one Thursday afternoon in March 2014.

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 The Real Oahu

World Travel

Source: WestWorld, By: Jim Sutherland

Authentic Hawaii beckons just beyond Honolulu’s tiki glare
There’s irony afoot in Hawaii, except don’t look for it in the tiki bars. It lies in the popular perception of Oahu as the “touristy” island. But the reality is as different as Five-O and Hang 10. Outside Honolulu, residents of Oahu have actively resisted turning over too much of their home to outsiders.

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 Christmas Trees

Christmas traditions

By: Zdenko Kahlina

The Christmas celebrations all over the world
In various parts of the world Christmas is celebrated differently, but the Christmas tree in some form or fashion is quite popular; examining differences and similarities.

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 Beolgyo, South Korea

World travel

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Beolgyo’s Tragic History
One of my best friends in Edmonton came to Canada from South Korea. Kim Yonghun Hun was born in the town of Beolgyo. Though he never talks about his home land, I was curious and wanted to find more about his country and Korean culture. I “Googled” on the internet and the following blog by Brian & Robert is what I’ve discovered. I hope you’ll find this an interesting read just like I did.

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 Valentine’s Day in Canada

Love is in the air

Source: Timeanddate.com

Quick Facts
On Valentine’s Day, people pronounce or re-affirm their feelings of romantic love for someone, often by sending cards or giving gifts.

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 TRAVEL TIPS

World Traveling

Source: Reader’s Digest Canada

Top 10 most expensive travel mistakes
Save money on your next vacation by avoiding these costly (and common) travel mistakes.

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 Through Ex-Yugoslavia

Top Rides

By: Snežana Radojičić

Pedaling across the world: Burek, potato pie and brandy
After entering Serbia the first thing we established as a tradition and a certain morning ritual was to get some burek and yogurt. Regardless of where we spent the night, in the morning we would go to the first town to find a bakery, even if it meant that we will have to ride hungry for an hour or longer. Me as an old, and Bryan as a new burek-lover never even thought of getting any snack before then – it was either burek with yogurt or nothing!

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 Detroit Salt

World Travel

Source: SlipTalk

Not Many People Know About The City 1200 Feet Below Detroit. This Place Is Unbelievable.
It’s no secret that Detroit has been hit very hard by the recession. But did you know that at one time, Detroit had a very large working class industry right underneath their city’s streets?

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 Chinese Food

World travel – Food

By: Dumneazu

Signs of Spring: Chinese Food!
Obviously, March is not a month that inspires an awful lot of comment. Now, February… that’s what I call a month! Stepping out of our building we saw the first of spring’s kolbasz buds on a tree in the back yard. Really…

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 Belfountain, Ontario

Travel Canada

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Visiting Mississauga, Ontario 
During my recent visit to a friend who lives in Mississauga (Ontario), I wanted to explore the area local cyclists are using for their training rides. I asked my friend (an excellent cyclist) for advice and he suggested I should go towards hamlet of Belfountain and beautiful surrounding Caledon hills, just north of the city.

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 A stroll through Katoomba

Australia travel

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Blue Mountains Australia – New South Wales Travel
We went to the Blue Mountains on our first trip to Sydney, Australia. It was impossible to miss the Blue Mountains main destination: town of Katoomba. Though the weather didn’t fully cooperate, we had a great time, because our friends who live in Sydney were good guides. They’ve been there before…

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 Blue Mountains

Australia travel

By: Zdenko Kahlina

A pleasant city escape into the Blue Mountains
When in Sydney, the Blue Mountains are worth the trip. They are absolutely stunning! It was one of the highlights of our trip. We only had one day to make this trip, but it was enough, for a quick visit.

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 Soggy Gold Coast

Australia travel

By: Zdenko Kahlina

SHOCK, HORROR!!! It rained on the Gold Coast!
Imagine this, we just traveled across half of the world, from Canada to Australia, expecting to enjoy Australian summer and hot days. I have packed sun protection in my suitcase, only to arrive at Gold Coast in January for five days and it rained ALL the time.

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 Breathtaking sunsets in Tamarindo

Travel Costa Rica

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Traveling from Alajuela to Tamarindo
Vera and I left hotel ‘Vida Tropical’ in Alajuela in the morning. We packed our luggage in the car and left Alajuela without any rush. We had the whole day in front of us for the 245 km long road trip to our predetermined destination – small beach town of Tamarindo, on the Pacific Ocean.

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 Wet and wild Rafting Adventure

Travel Costa Rica

By: Zdenko Kahlina

White Water Rafting on Sarapiquí River
While vacationing in Costa Rica our group of five (four ladies and one lucky guy: me!) went on several excursions. One of them was White Water Rafting on Río Sarapiquí River. Heart-pumping rafting from the town of San Miguel (La Virgen section)!

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 Sleeping at the foot of volcano

Travel Costa Rica

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Arenal-Fortuna… The Absolute Destination In Costa Rica!
In Costa Rica you can find a big number of places to visit, those are usually divided by tourist regions; among the most popular are Monteverde, Manuel Antonio and La Fortuna. This time let´s focus on La Fortuna – Arenal area, because this is where our group decided to go.

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 The Congo Trail Canopy Tour

Travel Costa Rica

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Don’t leave Costa Rica without visiting the Congo Trail!
Two things most people want to do the when they come to Costa Rica: Zip lining and play with monkeys. If they don’t get to see the monkeys, they at least want to do the zip lining.

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 Costa Rica by bike

Travel Costa Rica

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Have bike, will travel… Zdenko hits the road in Costa Rica!
This year we went to visit Costa Rica for the first time. Visiting Costa Rica is like nowhere else in the tropical Americas. I had an awesome road biking holiday there in a vibrant and fertile Central American paradise, blessed with a pleasant and hot tropical climate and an abundance of natural beauty.

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