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If @Instagram ever changed its grid from rows of 3 to something else I'd probably have to start a whole new account.. #ocd #lastoneipromise
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Off to Chicago this weekend to visit the lovely @tnwiesman. Hopefully I'll get some good snaps along the way, then I can finally stop posting mountains and lakes
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Feed is so blue lately
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Back home.. Swapped the emerald lakes of Canada for the brown puddles of 8th Ave..
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Canoeing across #lakelouise #banff
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Just for fun!
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Currently wishing I wasn't raised a city girl.. #spiritisland #malignelake #jasper
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After months of dreaming I am finally here! #banff Excitement Level: Face Frozen Like: Current Mood: Country moving to if Trump wins:
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City life is for the birds . This time tomorrow I'll be sipping cocktails on the beach in Turks and Caicos
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Sherbet Skies @hyatttimessquare #barfiftyfour #cocktailsintheclouds Anyone shooting #manhattanhenge tonight???
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8:43 #thatviewtho #cocktailsintheclouds #sunsetsforbreakfastlunchanddinner @hyatttimessquare #barfiftyfour
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Lower Manhattan from above In an attempt to motivate myself to revive this account and my passion for photography I've been only editing my photos though the @instagram app. Finding it is helping me as the process is a lot less daunting but also feel I may be shorting myself on the quality of the edit. Thoughts?
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Another shot from my helicopter ride above the city this weekend
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Had an amazing time this weekend dangling my toes out of a helicopter high above NYC with @flynyon. Highly recommend this trip to those not faint of heart!
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I haven't touched my camera since Cuba
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Still have 9,999 more photos of Cuba I would like to post but probably should wrap it up soon. Guess that would mean I need to take new photos
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Sorry for the delay in posting. I have three really wonderful photos of this tobacco farmer from Vinales and it took me forever to decide which one to share! Also I haven't forgotten to finish my story, I just haven't had time to write in the past few days. It's coming shortly!
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Unrelated story 6 of 7 During the visit with my family there was a lot of moments of confusion as we both tried to translate short sentences of an unknown language. But I think one of my favorite moments transcended that when I roughly made out this gem. I was wearing a dress and crossed my legs mid sentence. I have what can only be described in one sentence as tree trunks for legs.. They stopped talking and started laughing. My dad's uncle looks at his daughter and basically says those aren't legs from my dad's side of the family because they all have chicken legs! Well that was embarrassing (though true, my legs are definitely Italian not Cuban!) but I laughed so hard because I realized in that humor and honesty that those traits I have myself are in my blood! Anyway, after a while he brought out some photos. Photos of my dad when he was young and his cousin that was around the same age that he used to play with. He gave me some photos to take home of my dad and also him and his wife when they were younger. Then he showed me a photo album he had of all of my family in America. All the photos were so old, photos of my mom when she was my age and my cousins when they were babies! It was sad to see that these were all he had of us back home, but touching to see how he kept them for all these years. Finally, before I left I gave them a bag of things from America that are harder to come by in Cuba. Stuff we take for granted here was like giving them a bag of gold. Tylenol, toothpaste, chewing gum, pens, socks.. Things of that nature. When I saw their reaction I immediately wished I had left all my clothes at home and packed only a suitcase full of these things for them. All these items seem so trivial to us because we can pop out to the store and pick them up in minutes, in Cuba they are luxuries.. Really opened my eyes to the 'real' Cuba that you don't see on your fancy tours and all inclusive beach resorts. I was going to try and wrap this up today, but I just did my makeup and I don't want to cry again so I'll save the goodbye for the next post. And if you missed it and are curious, my last post was a photo of me with my uncle To be continued..
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Unrelated story: 5 of 7 I finally stopped crying after writing the last post. I am not exaggerating to you when I say how emotional of a family reunion this was. My grandmother, his sister, has not been back to visit Cuba since 1999. He hasn't seen my father since my dad left Cuba in 1969! I am the first family from this side to see them in over 15 years. Maybe it was the pink Art Deco house reminding me weirdly of Edward Scissorhands, but my father's uncle was reminding me a little of an older Vincent Price. He was literally the most adorable person I ever met in my life. As a reminder I know little Spanish and him no English, but I know he kept repeating how wonderful it was for me to have the opportunity to come visit him. If you actually stop and think about this you will be able to grasp how important of a moment this really was. Him being able to host me, his family he never met from the US, finally for the first time after all these years how easy it is for us to come now. Being able to meet his nephew's daughter, the nephew who left him at the age of 14 after growing up with him so closely. Fifty years of disconnect all put back together again in this moment. I didn't even realize the weight of all this until after it took place. It was an amazing opportunity and gift that I was given that so many of my own family won't ever be able to experience themselves. Sometimes though I feel like it was wasted on me. I feel guilty for being the one that was able to have that experience and that feeling when there are others in my family that speak the language or are closer to their Cuban heritage than I am. I hesitate still to ask my father the questions I long to know the answers to, I feel like a fraud. I'm hoping there will be others in my family that will now go over as well. Maybe it's the wine this time, but here i am crying again and I still don't know if I can finish this story in one more post. Should I extend? I don't know if anyone is even reading any of this as @instagram really isn't the forum for these types of stories, but reliving this has been another opportunity to put this into perspective for me. To be continued..
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Unrelated story: 4 of 7 After waiting so long for a glimpse of my dad's life in Cuba, I was finally going to meet my family! After I met my dad's cousin at the hotel, I followed her to her father's house just a few blocks away from my hotel in Havana. I had no idea what to expect, but again my perspective of life in Havana from the past few days of sightseeing had left me nervous for what I was about to experience. I also was struggling to communicate with my cousin on this short walk, so I was preparing myself for the awkwardness of not being able to talk to anyone during this 'reunion' . My cousin lets me into the house and has me sit in the living room . I am SO relieved. The house is gorgeous! Huge two story art deco something or other (i'm no architect..) with an amazing wraparound staircase and ridiculously high ceilings. I'm so happy that my family is not living in the same way I've seen so many others living over the past few days. Then I have a minute to take in the decor.. it's like a set straight outta I Love Lucy or something. Everything screams mid-century: the kidney bean table, the large tube tv in the corner, the PINK walls! I'm pretty sure they had a tiger print couch!? Chachkies everywhere just like my grandmother's house back home! I took a tour of the rest of the house later, it was all literally frozen in time but in the most wonderful way. My father told me one thing before I left for Cuba.. my uncle will not stop hugging you when he sees you. This was no joke! When he came out it was literally one of the most emotional moments of my life. His face when he saw me was priceless and I can see him choking up as he comes over. He hugged me for so long, letting go every few seconds to look at me and then hugging me again. I could understand every few words he was saying, but I know he kept repeating how wonderful it was that I was able to be there and meet him. I cried that entire evening when I got back to my hotel thinking about that moment.. I'm practically sobbing right now just thinking about it all over again. To be continued..
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Unrelated story: 3 of 7 I didn't realize how many people were waiting for story 3 of 3 but I don't think I could do the story enough justice with one more post so you have to hold out even longer now! So my dad had arranged for me to meet up with his family on my third night in Havana. I really wasn't sure what the plan was, everything kind of got lost in translation. My dad's cousin came to meet me at my hotel and it was probably the most awkward 15 minutes of my life! I had no way of communicating with her so i had to ask the bartender in the lobby to translate for us! He said 'she wants to know if you are ready to go back to the house to meet the rest of the family?' What?! I had no idea that was the plan, I had been under the impression they were all coming to the hotel to go out to dinner or something. I know this is my family and all, but at the same time I'm in a foreign country where I don't speak the language following what in essence is a stranger to their home! It was hard to keep my solo female traveler alarm bells from going off. Also after three days in Havana I had seen what the houses looked like and I didn't think I could take it if I saw my family in the same conditions. Out of sight, out of mind type of thing I guess. Anyway what other answer could I give other than OK. I wanted to meet my family and so I went. They lived only a short walk from my hotel and so I followed my cousin trying to communicate in three word sentences that we both prayed were being translated correctly! I had no idea where we were going, the streets were dark and I couldn't really see what I was walking into when we came to their house. To be continued..
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Unrelated story: 2 of 7 Visiting the country where my dad was born and raised without him wasn't how I wanted to do it. I had always hoped he would be able to show me things from his childhood as I don't know much about my dad's life there. He doesn't have much in the way of photographs and as I mentioned keeps most of the stories to himself. That being said I was given a small glimpse into my Cuban family and heritage when I had the opportunity to visit some of my dad's family in Havana. I was extremely hesitant at first as they don't speak a lick of English and my Spanish knowledge is remedial at best. I also was afraid I was going to see things that I didn't want to know, like poor living conditions or unhappiness or anything like that. But how could I pass such a rare opportunity like that up! My dad has never been back and my grandmother hasn't been to visit in over 15 years. All I was to them was the girl in some photos they had of me from when I was young. All they were to me were people from stories my family told me. I had no idea what was going to happen, but it was so exciting! To be continued..
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Unrelated story 1 of 7: My dad was born in Cuba. He left in 1969 and in his version of the story never looked back. I always wanted to travel to Cuba with him and see where he grew up and learn more about who he was before he came to the US. As an American with family in Cuba I've technically always been able to travel there. I begged my dad for years to go back with me but he refused. He wants no part of that past. When the US changed the travel restrictions for Americans I asked my dad one last time if he would go with me but I got the same answer. I didn't want to hold out for the day he changed his mind as I wanted to see the Cuba of today before too much change so I went without him. To be continued..
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santeria smoker
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Cuba: where everyone's a mechanic
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peek-a-boo Havana style
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Probably can create a sub series from Cuba of just people hanging out in their doorways
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boys in the hood: havana
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So many fabulous photos of the people of Havana. You're in for some treats once I get back to stable wifi!
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All you been getting lately are photos of my commute and I'm sorry for that but not after today! See ya in two weeks New York #havanabound #mojitosformiles ️l
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Feels like -5 degrees Fahrenheit right now. Not cool for someone who never wears pants..