Adventures with Kiran in Caya Coco Cuba!

This one is for my mom. She prefers when I don't mug for the camera...which I admit is not very often!

This one is for my mom. She prefers when I don’t mug for the camera…which I admit is not very often!

Gorgeous sunsets!

Gorgeous sunsets!

I just flew in from Cuba, and boy, do I love rum! This was my sixth trip to Cuba and was, by far the mellowest. On this excursion I knew I wanted to do nothing since I’ve been a workaholic in 2014 so far. (I know it looks like all I do is sail and party but that’s only because I don’t think many people want to know all the details of my business life.) It was a perfect vacay, much to the credit of my travel companion, Kiran Friesen.

Kiran makes me feel young and sexy. (OK, epic fail with photoshop!)

Kiran makes me feel young and sexy. (OK, epic fail with photoshop!)

The funniest thing about the trip was that Kiran rarely drinks alcohol; and in an all-inclusive resort where booze runs free – people were often confused. “Champange? You don’t want champagne?” was asked constantly. I mixed biz and pleasure – I’d like to use this resort for a Jazz Safari next January – so I had the staff show me all the ins and outs of the place. The flight down was speedy and effortless. Sunwing has better food and friendlier service than Air Canada, and also offers the most flights of any airline when it comes to a Cuban holiday.

Everyone is friendly in Caya Coco...and these girls really know how to dance!

Everyone is friendly in Caya Coco…and these girls really know how to dance!

The Memories Flamenco in Caya Coco also has wonderful employees. They cared so much that everything was perfect.

IMG_0235I’ve known Kiran for over a decade and we share some pretty amazing memories together…the most recent of which was at Massey Hall when she danced for a Bonzai Suzuki concert. IMG_6567Kiran is a pole dance artist…and that’s artist with a Capitol A. DSC_5821Her performances are breath-taking (beautiful) and awe inspiring (athletic).

 

It’s good that most people are finally getting their heads around to the fact that while pole dancing is super sensual, it’s not merely an act for strippers. IMG_7070She’s invited me to some brilliant competitions over the years and she always places in the top three. She couldn’t find a pole but I once dared her to do the splits on a palm tree (while wearing crocs) and she did!

Don't try this at home. Actually, DO try this! Let me know how that works out for you...

Don’t try this at home. Actually, DO try this! Let me know how that works out for you…

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Artistic with a capital A and Beautiful with a capital B!

Artistic with a capital A and Beautiful with a capital B!

I have never spent more time in the ocean than on this trip. Usually twice a day we’d jump in the ocean – the warmest and clearest water I’ve ever seen. We were surrounded by the cutest little fish. You could see through them and they had a tracing of neon blue around them. BAR-There were also cute little “Nemo” fish too. We only saw a few really large fish, and they seemed to mind their own business.

Meeting crazy tourists is also fun...these three are from Germany!

Meeting crazy tourists is also fun…these three are from Germany!

I wasn't wearing aligator shoes or crocs on this day - me and the little reptile got along fine!

I wasn’t wearing aligator shoes or crocs on this day – me and the little reptile got along fine!

One day we went out for an adventure. We visited the nearby town of MORON (more-OHN, note MORE-on) and stopped by a crocodile farm and horse ranch.

I'm glad this fella was recently fed!

I’m glad this fella was recently fed!

Kiran and I enjoyed the horse ride so much! It was through a path in a forest, almost jungle…and afterwards asked if we could ride the bull. IMG_6990IMG_6995This reminded me immediately of the movie Blazing SaddlesIMG_7009 (which I think I’ve seen more often than any movie ever made) with Mongo!

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"Hey Lobster! Where is your better half?"

“Hey Lobster! Where is your better half?”

You might have heard that food in Cuba isn’t great but you really just have to snoop around and find the right stuff. There are many places to hit at Memories Flamenco and while my afternoon lobster was tail-less, the best meal of my trip was grilled lobster tail – not something I’ll forget any time soon!

Memories Flamenco Resort in Caya Coco...I'll be back!

Memories Flamenco Resort in Caya Coco…I’ll be back!

There is no beer in that thar tourist mug!

There is no beer in that thar tourist mug!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a very healthy holiday and I look forward to more fun in January if my idea for a JAZZ.FM91 Cuban Jazz Sfaari works out. Stay tuned! 🙂IMG_7129IMG_6881

 

 

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