It’s hard not get romantic about Cuba. Bucolic countryside, historic towns and cities with crumbling buildings and old cars, great people, music and culture, quiet roads for cycling, and good simple food and excellent rum cocktails. Cuba is also changing and providing better opportunities for its citizens. But that means western consumer culture, so go to Cuba now while it’s still such a radically different place.
Now that we have our Canadian passports, popping over the border to the USofA is a lot more appealing and quicker than before. Mount Baker Recreation Area is only a couple of hours from Vancouver and so is a tempting option, given that we often see glacier-covered Mount Baker from downtown on a clear day.