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Yes, It's Still Possible to Visit Cuba!

Despite the embargo and current restrictions it is still possible to visit Cuba!   Havana, the largest city in the Western Hemisphere not connected to a land mass, is fantastic!  It's full of great music, lots of places to eat and very tasty mojitos, and of course the Classic Cars.  Cubans love Americans who come to visit.  My last trip to Havana was just a brief one day stay via a Royal Caribbean cruise, but I ate at Sloppy Joe's and had a daiquiri at La Floridita, two of Ernest Hamingway's hangouts; saw and photographed some wonderful, old 1950s cars and had a fantastic time with the locals.   Cuba is definitely a great place to visit!

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I just came back from Morocco with a group of 25 people. Every day I looked at my loved one and said "We're in Africa!" We visited Casablanca, Fez, Marrakech and Rabat. All of our guides were wonderful ambassadors for peace. I felt our group were good ambassadors for the U.S. too. We had several naturalized Americans and first and second generation Americans in our group. We had Hindis and Jews and Christians and Agnostics. We had shades of every skin color. In other words, a typical cross section of America. And we all dressed and spoke respectfully, leaving a good impression. 

As always, I love to travel and I love to come back home, where I don't know where my neighbor worships, because, Who Cares? I love our diversity and everyone's backstories. The more I travel, the more I appreciate the uniqueness of the U.S.

I want to give a shout out to my three friends who became U.S. citizens this year: Roswitha Cavin, Nanaphat West, and Veronica Galdamaz Vandeven. You each bring a different perspective to what it means to be an American based on where you are coming from and what you hope to achieve here. Your diversity is what makes us great!