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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Cuba Trippin' -Varadero!



This week Janet and I are off with a few of our friends to .... Yup! You Guessed It -Cuba! For trip #2 this winter, we've found a great last minute deal at the Sol Palmera's all inclusive resort on the touristy Varadero beach strip. Plus, we've planned a side trip to Havana! As usual I will be tweeting my adventures, with a blog or two to follow, after I get back. In the meantime, you can follow me


You can easily find my regular blog features as follows:

The Straight Goods: Teacher Free Speech February News Y Views: This is my monthly news link compendium with commentary @ HERE

The Stoner News: Oh Cannabis Winter News Y Views: My "Legalize It" companion piece is @ HERE

Other Related Blogs for your Erudition:

Cuba: What The Heck Is Going On? This blog provides lots of links to help one put the Cuban situation in a hopefully more insightful perspective than I'm sure you will usually find in the mainstream news @ HERE

Boardwalk Empire/ Havana Empire is a snapshot of sorts about Cuba before the revolution @ HERE

Cuba: What Do They Think? is based upon my personal visits and discussions at the Cuban Schools, where I sometimes teach. It's @ HERE


The beautiful white sand beaches of Varadero!

Here are the blogs from my January Cuba trip:

Santiago De Cuba Tripping: Some Cuba trippin' notes @ HERE

Santiago De Cuba: Flowers for Fidel @ HERE

Santiago de Cuba: The Beach is The Thing @ HERE

On The Road In Cuba is from a much earlier trip, during quite different times @ HERE

And then there's Joy of Retirement. It's .... yes, about where I am personally at, though the union notes are now dated @ THERE

Dunno about the other Snowbirds, but I just have absolutely no desire whatsoever to go south to the US this winter, what with all the awful Donald Trump nonsense. It's not that it we don't have family and friends living down that way we'd like to visit. Usually love our US trips but .... but ... but ... Sigh! Alas! Nope -not now at least!

Here in Toronto, any Trumpster's seem to be pretty much hiding under their rocks for now. I'm sure I would seriously blow a gasket if I was stuck anywhere in a room full of folks who thought he was just great!!! The political situation has snowballed far beyond the realm of an interesting, constructive debate, which I usually quite value and enjoy.

Suppose I'm showing my age but thanks! No thanks! Not for me! The US is not exactly my idea of a great holiday destination anymore until this gets straightened out. Or if it does ...... Maybe. I am still willing to bet on the rule of law, the US judicial system, and it's democratic institutions ultimately providing the necessary checks and balances, when all else fails. But at the very least, the Donald will be quite the acid test indeed!

Ironically, some of our extended American family are keen to come up here Toronto this week. So, we are going to let them enjoy our place while we are away.

Hmmmm!!! What if they decide to defect to Canada and won't leave when we get back ....?!?!? Oh oh! Naw ......... ;-)

Stay Tuned!

David C.........................................................

 

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