Swimming with dolphins in a responsible way

Swimming with dolphins

First, you need to decide if you want to swim with wild or captured dolphins. Actually, this is an easy decision, but I’d like to explain both options to you. When you choose to swim with trained (caught) dolphins, you contribute to a terrible system. Dolphins are often caught in the wild and then sold to dolfinaria or other marine …

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9 Things to do in the Dominican Republic

Things to do in the Dominican Republic

Santa Domingo may be a vibrant capital, It’s the five hundred year old city-center that is known for its history and culture. The Zona Colonial is the historic heart of Santa Domingo and immediately comes on top as one of the best things to do in the Dominican Republic. The collection of historic houses and cobbled streets is the oldest …

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Goodbye Caribbean!

The beach of Varadero is not overcrowded, as many people say.

After I had a huge breakfast everyone was still asleep. I decided to explore the city on my own, as I didn’t do that yet and it was already my last day in this romantic village. Personally, I found Trinidad to be one of the nicest towns. Partly because it was so small, partly because it was so authentic. Once you …

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Authentic Trinidad

Me and my new backpacker friends were dropped off first. Our backpacks were hoisted off the roof and we paid six CUC per person to the friendly driver. This casa was a lot better than the previous casa’s we had had. The man told us that the normal price was 10 CUC per person, but because we were friends of Magnolia …

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A day in Cienfuegos

Sunset in Cienfuegos

My two girl companions seemed to think exactly the same, since they seemed to be anxious about their luggage dropping off the moving van. In the vehicle, two other girls were already seated. Since we were only with five (plus the driver and one of his co-workers), I was sure that more people would be crammed in later on. The …

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Viñales, the favorite spot of Fidel Castro

Cigars from Vinales

Because you have no internet in Cuba, you can not really plan anything in advance and so our ‘Casa mama’ from Havana, Magnolia, called her friend who had a casa particular in Viñales to see if she still had free rooms. The Casas particulares in Cuba are very popular. They are, in fact, bed and breakfasts that are owned and operated by …

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Communism in Cuba

Communism in Cuba

Before we left we tried to first buy a bottle of water, because it’s really important that you stay hydrated in this hot and humid place. The funny thing is that we found more stores where you could buy rum or other alcoholic beverages than shops that sold water. Because of the communist system in this country, it was often very …

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Day two in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico castel of san felipe del morro inside.

I already saw the castle from the outside yesterday, but from the inside it was much more appealing. First I went to the Castillo San Felipe del Morro. A gigantic castle that once served to repel pirates and other bad boys from San Juan. The fort is located on the tip of the island on which the original San Juan (old San Juan) …

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Seaquarium Curacao – Swimming with dolphins

Dolphin swimming curacao seaquarium

Because I was a lot earlier than my scheduled time, I wandered around a bit in the outdated Seaquarium complex. After looking at the fish, flamingo’s and some of the sharks I could finally start with what I came for: swimming with dolphins! After we saw several short films about the dolphins and their trainers we got greeted by their …

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