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I’m always on the hunt for finding places that are so different they can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Which invites 3/4 of the world on my bucket list! However, even within those options something has to strike me about the location so that I want to drop everything and get there. I came across Cuba more than a year ago. It seemed untouched, culture infused, relaxed and I was dying to go. However, somewhere between logistics and planning out our trips for 2017 Cuba did not make it to the list.

That was until one random day my cousin Justyna called out of the blue and said she’s thinking of Cuba around her birthday and wanted to see if we could come. I couldn’t say fast enough LET’S GO! I believe that it is awesome for you to have an opportunity to travel with other people. If helps builds relationships and opens your eyes to different ways of looking at things. Plus, if you have a cousin like mine who literally did all the planning for the trip, all you have to do is show up! Thank you, Justyna!

Now let’s talk about Havana. I hope you loved the pictures because to describe Havana would take a book to write. And if I had to describe it in one phrase I would say it’s a movie set on every street! The classic cars, Spanish and Moorish art and architecture, friendly people and the music all draw you in. There is so much energy reverberating throughout! The beaches are beyond amazing and getting to them in one of those 1950 convertibles makes it half the fun.

My advice on Cuba is simple: Go now! Havana is changing rapidly. With easier access from America and the need for tourist demands, things are ready for big change. Big hotels are on the horizon with shopping malls in mind. Currently, Cuba is still very underdeveloped, and that’s what makes it so unique and one of a kind. If you wait too long I think it will lose its character and charm.

If you’re planning a trip to Cuba I’m listing our favorite restaurants, bars, beach, and our beyond amazing Airbnb. So here it goes!

1. Airbnb – Villa Clasica 1930

2. La Guarida – Great food with a nice rooftop outdoor seating. This place is also a beautiful building to take photos indoor.

3. Iván Chef Justo – Best food we had during our trip. Must go!

4. Restaurant Van Van – Best drinks in town!

5. Beach – Varadero. About 3 hours drive from Havana.

Note that in Cuba things don’t happen quickly. Reservations are a must for any good restaurant. Also, Cuba is not inexpensive. Good dinner will set you with NYC pricing, and it continues for the taxi rides in the classic cars and nice accommodations as well. If you’re US citizen you will need to get a $50 visa. Most likely you will be able to get one right at your gateway airport in the United States.

Don’t forget to enjoy the ride and the music my friends!

– Hubert –

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State Forest Fashion and Early Spring

State Forest Fashion and Early Spring

State Forest Fashion and Early Spring

State Forest Fashion and Early Spring

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Spring is here! Well certainly on my calendar and in my thoughts. As much as I’m ready for the warmer weather and less of the heavy jackets it’s not really happening here in New England. On the flip side, we are past the snow. And even in the rain, the air is different. The wind is mellow, not fierce as in chill-to-your-core.

As we wait for nature do its job, nothing is really holding us back from getting outdoors! I decided to take a trip to a nearby state forest to get out my limbs moving and take in all of that fresh, spring air I can hold. Good thing I layered because though it started out chilly, I was warm within minutes of walking. It’s unpredictable and the layers make perfect sense to be prepared for it.

SHOP: Jacket BUFFALO * Scarf NAUTICA * Pants DOCKERS * Sneakers DIESEL

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Just a couple of days ago we were running and biking in shorts! I was even planning my spring garden and what I want to plant this year…annnnd then BOOM! Here we are today with six inches of snow on the ground. I figured it’s not something to lament about. Spring will come once it’s good and ready so what to do for now? For one thing it’s time to hit outdoors and dive in! A fun day of snow before it melts in the next few hours (even as I type, the sun has started to shine and the snow is slowly starting to drip away!). And for another, perfect excuse to finally wear that Christmas present I never had a chance to wear. I loved the bold print of this one combined with how it warm it actually was. Even without a jacket, I wasn’t freezing my butt off!

As an avid traveler, I always look for new places and new backdrops. Today I found my backyard. I feel fortunate I didn’t have to go too far to enjoy that bit of nature covered in fresh snow. It was absolutely spectacular to be out there, and so close to home. For everyone snowed in today, get out there and enjoy it! Take advantage of the spontaneous weather – gotta love the New England weather!

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Going on vacation when you feel like winter is never going to end is always a good idea. After holiday festivities are over, there is a snowfall or two and eventually you wear yourself waiting for change of weather. You crave a difference where you can easily get out, breath deep breaths of fresh air, and not have to put on layer after layer of clothing. February heard me complaining loud and clear…was it over yet?!?. And that’s where we were at when we decided suddenly to whisk ourselves away.

We settled on Los Cabos for a couple of reasons. For one thing there was a beautiful coastline that promised amazing views to satiate my love of nature. And all other reasons were purely practical – short flight, kid-friendly, gorgeous weather, safe for the fam. From the minute we landed until we left, we took advantage of it all. The pictures speak for themselves, but there is no shortage of praise from our end when it came to having everything you’d want for a great vacation.

And now we’re back! Refreshed, reinvigorated, and ready to knock this winter out. It’s the last day of February, but I feel I can easily survive the rest of the winter. Bring on the March!

Comments or questions about this trip? Leave them below and I’ll be happy to answer them!

– Hubert –

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In the winter, the idea of jumping out of bed at sunrise makes me cringe and hide deeper in my covers. But because this is a fresh year, and also because sunrise in winter is essentially around 7am (versus 5am), I figured I’d have a go. The bonus challenge was to get out, and to hit the beach.

Part of that fitness goal for 2017 was to spend more time outdoors. Although the gym is my preferred way to get my workout during the cooler months, I decided the beach would be an ideal way to fulfill both goals of fitness + being outdoors. It was quiet, deserted and that sunrise was a retreat. As beautiful and invigorating as it was, it was quite cold. Hands down, the proper fitness gear helped me keep warm and stick to the hour long workout. The running, jumping and stretching would not be as enjoyable and complete at 32 degrees without it for sure.

So will I be back at it next week? Rain or shine, I’ve made a pact to get out there!

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Keep on going strong my friends, and don’t forget to work on your goals for this year!

Here’s a list of my outfit, location and photography credits:

Location: Lighthouse Point Park – City of New Haven, CT
Clothes: Nike from DICK’S Sporting Goods – Nike Tights, Shorts, Jacket, HatFootwear
Photos by: HK Photography
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