90 miles to Cuba. How to get there?

Viva Cuba

Once the wheels of our American Airlines charter plane screeched on the runway, signaling that we had landed on Cuban soil, a roar of applause started. Nothing surprising so far, we Romanians do the same once we land to safety. The difference was I had just landed in Cuba, on a plane full of Americans, myself included. The only ones applauding were the Cuban Americans, visiting their families. The rest of us still had our noses pegged to the … [Read more...]

A perfect night in Havana

Cuban car

So, I’m back from Cuba. Wow, just wow!!! Without a doubt, it was an epic trip in every way. For the past two weeks, I have been constantly inundated with a flux of emotions and experiences that have left me positively overwhelmed. Cuba is all that I expected it to be, and so much more. It’s a happy, rewarding place for a traveler, just as I thought it would be when I shared my perspective on traveling to Cuba for the first time. I’ve traveled … [Read more...]

A love letter to Cuba


As a sassy five year old, I remember my determination in putting red beads together, one-by-one, on a long, thin thread, for a very well thought out gift for my mother. It had been a few months since she had been away on an extended trip abroad and I missed her terribly. At the time, I was upset she hadn’t taken me with her. In reality, she was traveling to the United States for the first time, to visit her sister, which she hadn’t seen in … [Read more...]

Sharing my experiences on Skype.com

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As part of being featured in Skype's video "All-Skype All-Star" challenge, I was asked to share how I use Skype to not only stay in touch with friends and family, but to also share my experiences around the world. After you've witnessed a day in my life, on-the-go, as a busy travel writer based in New York City, here I am sharing in written form what Skype has meant for me, all these years away from home. For the full blog post, click on … [Read more...]

Gogobowling at the Bowlmor Lanes Times Square

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Between the never-ending Snowmageddon and the brutal Polar Vortex, we've had a tough, long winter! Which is why we went bowling, to celebrate the arrival of spring (go away snow!) and inaugurate 2014 with the first Gogobot NYC event. We put the ugly snow shoes away, and got our fancy bowling shoes! We chased the winter blues by throwing some balls and scoring some points. We also realized Bowlomor Lanes in Times Square is perhaps the coolest … [Read more...]