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In the infancy of Cuba's tourism, Wanda St. Hilaire takes a trip to the tiny island. In spite of her love of all things Latin, she puts herself on a travel ban to Castro's Cuba, one that lasts twenty years.

When she is forced to cancel a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico at the last minute, she finds herself in Cuba twice, on back-to-back trips. Walking into the backstreets of Havana,

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Paperback, Second, 232 pages
Published November 23rd 2011 by Destinations Extraordinaire (first published May 2009)
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Bruce Sarte
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The very first thing that stood out to me is the format of this story. It is written in a diary/letter format very similar to Sands of Time. I found the style and structure to be something that brought me into the writers mind and moments.

What this story really does well is set the scene and deliver the essence of who she is. Wanda sets out on a trip to Cuba and she invites the reader into her timeline with descriptive and eventful writing. Wanda's Cuban adventure is a great ride for those who h
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Harvee
Jan 19, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I thought would be basically a travel memoir turned out to be experiences behind the scenes, away from the main tourist attractions, told in a journal dated September to January 2006-2007.. The author doesn't do the usual tourist jaunts and has some unpleasant scenes, unhappy love affairs, and different experiences with tourists and expatriates living in Cuba. More...
Lisa Smith
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
reality romance + travelogue = gorgeous!
I couldn't put the book down as the story kept me engaged to the end. The author beautifully blends cultural and culinary commentary into a "reality romance" story. Since I first read the book several years ago, Cuba has gone on to my must-see travel list. Looking forward to the author's new book for more of the delightful mix of travel, adventure and romance.
Vicki Morrison
Oct 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An intensely articulate and moving travel memoir of self discovery. A fiercely honest account of what can happen when we open our hearts to new experiences and cultures, and the bravery to deal with the consequences and willingness to share with others.

Having a strong desire to visit Cuba, I devoured the book in one sitting and appreciate the carefully recorded history and the insight offered by the author. Beautifully written and will touch a nerve with fellow travelers
Sherri Birrell
Feb 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
i loved this book! The authors honest, real stories of her exploits in Cuba were touching and interesting. She met some real rakes, thats for sure, but did encounter some nice people along the way as well. I highly recommend this for any woman, whether she be happily married or miserably single or vice versa. Something for everyone!!
Sharkcrow
I really struggled with the way this book was written. I usually really enjoy first person narratives, but I found it really hard to get into this novel. Maybe I need a few more years under my belt before I can relate and engage with the main character.
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Wanda St. Hilaire is a two-time breast cancer survivor with a predilection for research and a passion for delving into the psychology of wellness.

After a second diagnosis in 2010, she made lifestyle changes that contributed to her healing and supported her philosophy that our lives are meant to be lived doing what we love in places that make our hearts sing.

Through writing, St. Hilaire shares what
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