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Santería, Blessing or Curse?

I was in Cuba for a whole of two weeks with nothing more than a mere sighting of a wand that I could only assume was once used as a ceremonial tool by a Santero while practicing Santería. I quickly scanned the area in the hostel-like home I was in hoping to find other items to strike up a conversation on the subject, but no luck. All I saw was a cowry shell and feather wand in this "casa particular".

Then on my final day, after pushing my disappointment aside, I stumbled upon it. Actually, I'm not sure whether I found it or it found me... but it was real and authentic nonetheless.

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Searching for Roots in Cuba

"I've started dreaming in Spanish, which has never happened before. I wake up feeling different, like something inside me is changing, something chemical and irreversible. There's a magic here working its way through my veins. There's something about the vegetation, too, that I respond to instinctively - the stunning bougainvillea, the flamboyants and jacarandas, the orchids growing from the trunks of the mysterious ceiba trees. And I love Havana, its noise and decay and painted ladyness. I could happily sit on one of those wrought-iron balconies for days, or keep my grandmother company on her porch, with its ringside view of the sea. I'm afraid to lose all this..."  -Cristina Garcia, Dreaming in Cuban

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Los Alamos, CA

I love California for it's many weekend road trip options. You want to go the desert, snowboarding in Big Bear or Tahoe, surfing in Mexico? How about wine country? 
One random Saturday my friend Iris and I decided to head to Los Alamos to do some antiquing, check out wine country and just get out of town. We had lunch at an amazing little restaurant that I highly recommend called Bell Street Farm. The food was divine. We roamed around the quaint little town checking out all the picturesque buildings.

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Diving in the Bahamas

Being from Florida has it's perks. My favorite of which is that the Bahamas is our backyard. We can literally jump on the boat in be there in a couple hours. My father's side of the family, being from Cuba, has kept the island lifestyle alive since before I was born by making the Abacos our summertime destination. Whether it be fishing, freediving, or just merely island hopping, we know how to do the islands right. 

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