Daily Archives: June 4, 2011

A Cuban Vacation – Part 1

In my 25 years, with more than 25 countries travelled – it was my first venture to the sunny south.

 The Caribbean is a stark  contrast to Rural Newfoundland & Labrador. When I awoke on May 20, 2011 from my home the snow was gingerly falling. My bag was packed and I looked forward to sunshine, sandy beaches and lots of relaxation.

I departed the Deer Lake Regional Airport to fly to Toronto, only to re-routed back to Montreal. From Montreal I would fly to Varadero, Cuba.

At the Pierre Trudeau airport, I was asked to complete a survey. I did not realize at the time the many wonderful features of this airport. For instance there was free Wifi, an abundance of easily accessible power outlets and comfy armless chairs for napping. I was pleased with the variety of food outlets and gift shops. Although, signage could be slightly improved, especially for international connections as the American flag represents all WORLD/INTERNATIONAL travel connections. What symbol would the USA have? In my opinion an update for this sign is needed.

The Air Canada service was again to be touted! We departed a few minutes late because of the tug break down during push-off. We departed late and arrived more than 30 minutes early. Arrival in Cuba was greeted with intense humidity. Vacationers were eager to get their luggage and reach their nearby resort. The airport was very small and was not equipped with good signage. I was an unsure Canadian as I waited for my luggage, as I had not booked an All-Inclusive vacation with Air Canada or Sunwing. I am glad to have booked a resort to start my 10 day vacation, as I left the airport people asked which Hotel I was staying. I noted the Melia Las Americas. They instructed me to get on bus #4. Since, I was not part of the vacation I was told to pay $10.00 for the ride versus a higher taxi fee.

The resort was breath-taking. As the lobby I met my friend Tobias of Germany, who I had first met when I studied at the University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic back in 2007. We checked out the view of the beach and toasted to a Caribbean vacation to some Bucanero beers. It was wonderful to hear the waves gently touch the beach. We opted to go for a dip! The Caribbean sea was quite salty, yet pleasantly warm.

We stopped for a drink at the lobby bar, listened to some piano music and then caught a live band. The entertainment had the small audience captivated. Some lifted from their chairs and started to salsa! The Mojitos never tasted as brilliant, as they did in their homeland of Cuba.

An early rise was met with an extravagant buffet breakfast. The beach was waiting, it was not crowded. The pool, hammocks and beachfront games made for a fun morning. There was a lively game of beach volleyball. As well, a beach stepping game of Mojito-Daquiri, Pina Colada, Rum Punch. Each drink had a special step and as people missed the step, he/she was eliminated. I stand by Rum Punch as being my favourite.

A meal was reserved for the Italian Restaurant. A feast of 7 or 8 courses was served. It was matched by a pairing of a semi-sweet white Spanish wine, served in a stainless steel wine bucket. The meal had a specialty Cuban twist.

I will not forget the sky that evening or Peter’s Birthday party. We got to sing happy birthday to our table neighbours. They were kind enough to share the specialty cake.

After eating a delicious meal were went to the theatre and watched some very impressive and energetic dancers. Parts were moving that I never thought were humanly possible.

The day was full of relaxation, but also jam-packed with activities. It did not end with the show, which I will continue in my next post…Cuba Part II.

Enjoy!

Live Rural NL -

Christopher C. Mitchelmore

 

 

Glass Art Summer Camp

 

Please be advised that St. Anthony Campus will be offering  a glass art summer camp program this summer.  Please see the details below.

Ages:               12-18  years

Where:            St. Anthony Campus

When:             June 27 to 30, 2011 (8:30am-3:30pm)

Duration:         24 hours

Cost:                $120.00  materials included

Students will be taught the  techniques of creating glass works.  They will learn the basics of glass cutting to create jewellery, plates, platters, etc. The choices are as extensive as your
creativity and imagination.  The program will be offered pending sufficient interest.

If you know of someone who is interested.  Please share this information.  Interested people can contact  454-3559 or email Frederick.Russell@cna.nl.ca  by June 15th.

 

There are many opportunities for youth to get involved, learn a new skill, have fun and be creative. The College of the North Atlantic, St. Anthony Campus has many course offerings for the General Public. I have enrolled this past winter into a Traditional Rug Hooking and Basic Digital Photography Course. I would be interested in learning glass art; however, I do not fit the criteria of 12- 18 years of age. Next week, I will try my had at Acrylic Painting at George’s Art Studio, St. Anthony.

Live Rural NL -

Christopher C. Mitchelmore

Salmon Symposium at Torrent River – June 24-26, 2011

Torrent River is renown for its superior salmon rivers. Droves of locals and travellers flock to the rivers to hook a salmon. Salmon enthusiasts mark your calendars as Torrent Rivers is hosting a Salmon Symposium at Hawke’s Bay from June 24-26, 2011. Below is a schedule of events:

Schedule of Events

There will be nightly entertainment with a Tribute to Rufus Guinchard on June 24, 2011

As well, an evening of fishing delight on June 25, 2011

For more information visit the Torrent River blog for frequent updates at http://torrentriver.wordpress.com/.

Live Rural NL -

Christopher C. Mitchelmore

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