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.
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.
The Memories Flamenco in Caya Coco also has wonderful employees. They cared so much that everything was perfect.
I’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. Kiran is a pole dance artist…and that’s artist with a Capitol A. Her 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. She’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!
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. There were also cute little “Nemo” fish too. We only saw a few really large fish, and they seemed to mind their own business.
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.
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. This reminded me immediately of the movie Blazing Saddles (which I think I’ve seen more often than any movie ever made) with Mongo!
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!