Porto has that decaying decadence that you think of with Havana, but with amazing food, beautiful azulejos and a hopping wine country and port trade on the river. Zone out and spend 3 minutes with me checking out my time in Porto, Portugal.
I relished taking the taxis that regular Cubans take, and rolled by eyes at being ripped off by the shiny new ones. I enjoyed seeing the sites at the ration markets and the back alleys of Cuba where our guide Julio took us.
From the self-deprecating smile as I butchered the French language at a restaurant in Geneva that led me speeding through the Swiss Alps on the back of a motorbike for “the best” fondue to the smile that let me and mom know that we could trust Julio as he led us through the back alleys and even into a rations market to see the real Havana that few tourists get to experience, it’s a smile that bridges these gaps.
Running a successful company and surfing in the Pacific every morning, sure! Seeing friends a few times a week over laughs and pisco sours is de rigueur. It’s this spirit that I will carry with me.
The district of Barranco is an Instagrammer’s dream with countless walls of beautiful murals telling stories from whimsy and history in every shade imaginable.
As I read her Instagram / Facebook captions, there is always a “Ooo, what is she up to?” Brilliant, Courtney is perpetually working on an amazing project, but there’s something else that has always captivated me about this beautiful California blonde.
I will be speaking at Women’s Travel Fest next week in New Orleans! You have less than a week to get your tickets so get after it! Women’s Travel Fest is a 3-day event that empowers, inspires and connect women in travel.