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Throwback Trip: The time I got robbed on a train to Antwerp

It happens now and then. You’re in between trips and you have no clue WTF to write about but then it hits you; what about all of those trips you took before you decided to enter the wonderful and oh, so exciting world of travel blogging?

Some times it feels like I have done more traveling before starting this blog than after. Perhaps the reality is a bit different and my take on it is a little misshapen because of my perceived “lack” of travels lately. 

My husband made a remark the other day after I let out this long sigh and complained that I haven’t been anywhere for the entire month of January. Boohoo, poor me.  “Do you hear yourself? You have been on trips, short and long almost every other month and yet you’re still complaining?”, he said. It did bring things rather harshly into perspective.

So, while I’m patiently waiting for the day I get to hand over my boarding pass to a bored ground stewardess and I finally board the plane to my next exciting destination, allow me to entertain you with tales of my recent past.

Let me tell you about the time I got robbed on the train to Antwerp.

Guest Blog Post: How 8 days in Cuba felt like 8 years

By Gerson Eleonora – Writer for Skempi.com, History Buff and an Aficionado of all things Caribbean

Well, you saw the title so let me just jump right in here: With Fidel Castro’s passing last November Cuba experienced a resurgence in news presence for a minute. Hate him or love him, you can’t deny that Castro put that island nation on the map. I mean, no disrespect to Ernesto Lecuona, Chano Pozo and the other world famous Cuban artists from the first half of the 20th century but, albeit in a polarizing manner, Fidel Castro took Cuba’s brand name on the global stage to a ubiquitous realm.

It was this strange mystique that had always pulled me to our somewhat taciturn Caribbean cousin to the north.

Two Guys, One Kayak, Two Thousand Miles

This is the insane story of two young British lads that started an amazing Caribbean journey from Grenada to Miami…..in a kayak. This is the true story of Will McGreadie (21) and George Parry (22) and their Get Exploring Trust foundation.

I had the pleasure of meeting these two on their St. Maarten stop in October, when they stayed with us at our guest house to stock up on supplies, to refresh and re-energize before continuing their long journey in their two-person kayak with end destination: Miami!

If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving may not be for you

At the start of my evolution or life crisis or whatever you want to call it, I made some extreme decisions. Yes, there was the drastic haircut, the career move and the change in wardrobe but nothing was more dramatic than the day I decided to jump out of a plane.

It was a Saturday morning. Me and five friends met at the small airport in Grand case, French St. Martin. I made sure to wear the proper attire and I looked the part, I guess. But what was really going through my mind was “will this look good when they pick me up in pieces in a nearby field?” I decided to go with a black ensemble. At least I’ll be wearing the correct color to my own funeral.

St.Maarten in the distance