Hey guys! I got back from my second trip to Cuba last week. I had a great time soaking up the sun. I think it had been 8 or 9 years since my first trip to Cuba and I feel like things have changed since that time. It could be just that it was my first time being in a different culture last time and therefore I was more used to everything this time around. But I feel like there were more cars on the road (and newer cars) and less horse and carts. It could also be just a difference in the part of the island I was on too. I visited Varadero and Havana this trip and Holguin last time. Also, a lot of the Cubans had smartphones which I was a little surprised about.
Regardless of the changes, it was still a great trip. The first half of the week was a little disappointing because it was pretty windy and that made it too cold for me to tan on the beach. But the wind went away for the second half and it was so nice. We went on two excursions during our trip. The first was a bus ride into Havana with a tour guide pointing out many areas and giving us a lot of history on the country. Our second excursion was a Jeep Tour which included stopping to snorkel over some coral, swimming in a cave, and riding a horse all for the first time. Another cool thing about staying in Varadero was there is a bus outside of the resort that will take you into the town of Varadero where there are tons of vendors selling stuff. I’ve never really went off a resort on my own before so that was pretty fun.
Here is a video of some of the things I saw and did during my trip:
I took down my tree today and put away most of decorations (left up some of the window lights). I would have done it sooner but I’ve been busy, and lazy. Undecorating is never as fun as decorating. But I’m glad it’s gone. The place looks nice and tidy again (for the most part). When did you take your tree down? Or is it still up? I had my tree up for 2 months, which is a little too long in my opinion. But my boyfriend likes to put it up early (we put it up Nov. 15th this year). I figure I will leave my lights up and turned on until the snow goes away. When do you feel is the right time to take down the lights? Or is there a right time?
In other news, we booked our trip to Cuba for February. We have less than a month to go before we leave and I cannot wait! It’s been -20C here for a week or so and I cannot wait to be sitting on the beach in 29C weather. I’ve been trying to find some new sandals because my current ones broke at the end of the summer, but none of the stores seem to have them right now. Any idea where I could get sandals in the middle of winter?
I bought myself a couple new toys this year. I finally picked a smartphone. I bought the Samsung S4 from Best Buy Mobile which was on for $0. They had a promotion on with the phone so I also got a $175 gift card for Best Buy! I used half of the gift card and bought myself an activity band that tracks your steps among other things. I thought about taking it back because the battery doesn’t last very long. It tends to turn the screen on by itself (but doesn’t turn on when I try to turn it on!) which kills the battery. But there were things I liked about it so I convinced myself to keep it. I basically got it for free anyway. I was surprised at how many steps I take in a day. To be honest, I though that I walked more than the band says I do. On a work day, I average about 6000-8000 steps a day. I have my goal set at 10,000 but haven’t made it there yet. The other thing I’ve been tracking is how long I sleep. I always thought I slept about 8 hours a night, but it is actually closer to 9 1/2.
As for work news, we’ve been hiring people to beef up our team. We haven’t really trained them much yet. I worked with one girl once so far and start with another girl tomorrow. I’m not too fond of training but always seem to get suckered into doing it. Even when I worked at the movie theatre they would throw new people at me to train. There are certain things I don’t mind training, but there are also things that I don’t like to teach because I don’t feel I’m strong in that area myself.
Anyway, I think that’s all my news for now. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are settling back into your routine nicely.