Cuba with the Locals

Cuba is one of those places set back in time, maintaining it’s culture and authenticity and the feeling that everyone comes together as one large family, at least that’s how it was in 2015 when we made our trip, just before the US lifted the embargo.

Our journey to Cuba was for a friend’s wedding, and the groom happened to be a local Cuban, now living in Canada, so not only did we get to enjoy this new destination for it’s beautiful tourist destination, but we also experienced the feeling of Cuba + family and how everyone comes together to love and to share.     

Maui Love

Ho'okipa Beach Park in Paia - Alanna D Photography

If you’ve ever met anyone who has been to Maui, Hawaii, then generally their first statement is “Maui! I LOVE Maui” followed by a big pile of advice to help you plan your vacation.  I was so thrilled to receive detailed hand-noted maps of the islands with recommendations for the best food, best places to see the Turtles (Goal #1 for me) and best beaches to relax.  And I SO appreciated all the tips and advice, and now would like to share in return.

Building Up from A Dream

Cascade Falls

Way back in 2010 I re-discovered my love of photography by purchasing a Canon Rebel camera for our first big vacation, a three week road trip across Australia.  The bargain I made at that time with my husband was that, with this being my second camera purchase since college,  I promised myself and him, that this time I would pursue it full-on and learn everything I could to enjoy my new “toy” and to *hopefully* make a little money as a hobby on the side.