Complete Cuba Traveler James Rice Reflects On His Experience

Complete Cuba Traveler James Rice Reflects On His Experience

This week we ask you to venture from the Complete Cuba blog and website to take a short read on the blog of Indiana-based photographer James Rice.  Jim traveled with us in March of 2018 with the goal of documenting the real Complete Cuba.

Jims work was included in our Complete Cuba gallery show at The Rangefinder Gallery and has been internationally recognized by LFI Photographie GmbH.

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Anthony Bourdain 1956-2018

Anthony Bourdain changed the way we eat, travel, and engage people all over the world.  His curiosity, reflection, sarcasm, humor, and storytelling are all one of a kind.  

Anthony Bourdain once said, “As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks — on your body or on your heart — are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.”

In 2015, when Complete Cuba was relatively young, Anthony Bourdain traveled to Cuba and encouraged an entirely new interest in the food, culture, music, and people of the island nation.

Please watch Anderson Cooper's remembrance of Anthony Bourdain...

Anderson Cooper pays tribute to Anthony Bourdain

Complete Cuba: Exploring Eastern Cuba

Complete Cuba: Exploring Eastern Cuba

Recently Amy and I spoke at the Chicago Travel Meetup about travel to Eastern Cuba.  This blog post represents much of what we discussed at the presentation and answers to many of the commonly asked questions.  As Cuba became a more popular travel destination during the last 10 years, more and more Americans began traveling to Cuba.  In fact President Obama became the first U.S. President to set foot on the island in 90 years since President Coolidge last departed.

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Complete Cuba Named Top 30 Cuba Blog

Late last year Complete Cuba was awarded the number 6 position in the top 20 Cuba Travel Blogs.  We were very excited to have that honor.  Complete Cuba has just been awarded the top 30 overall Cuba blogs on the web.  Thank you all for following, liking, reading, and traveling with Complete Cuba!

You can check out the awards in the side-bar of our site to check out the list as well as some of the other blogs we are honored to be next to.

Join us in Chicago for an exhibition of photos taken by Complete Cuba travelers!


Friday, April 6 from 6-9 p.m., join us for the opening reception for "Complete Cuba: Travelers' Stories from the Caribbean's Most Enigmatic Island.”  The show, hosted by The Rangefinder Gallery at Tamarkin Camera in Chicago will feature favorite photos by travelers who have visited Cuba with Complete Cuba.  Ranging from images captured on iPhones to ones taken by serious amateur photographers, the photos allow a glimpse beyond the surface into the Complete Cuba — far beyond the beaten path of tourists.  Join us for Cuban beverages and great photographs.    

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November 2018 is just around the corner...

This week we are announcing our November 2018 trip is open for reservations. We are already over 1/3 booked on this trip, so check out the website for more information and let us know as soon as possible if you would like to join us for this Eastern Cuba + Havana adventure!

http://www.completecuba.com/november-18/

Image of the Week...February 15, 2018

Our Image of the Week is from Gordon Smith, Florida.  Gordon stated he wants to, "...show the warm, resilient and "enjoying life" spirit that I felt from the Cuban people." 

You can see a more of Gordon's photos from his 2017 Complete Cuba trip (including eastern Cuba and Havana) at http://www.blurb.com/b/7827479-cuba

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Cuba in 2018

2017 was certainly a strange year for Cuba policy.  We saw the new policies of open travel and relaxed limitations move to a time of uncertainty and ultimately a more restrictive foreign policy once again requiring legally registered travel and more regulations on travel.  Regardless of your perspective on these various policies, Cuba is full of people who genuinely want to see Americans and full of great opportunities to share interactions with the people of Cuba.

As we continue to legally bring travelers to Cuba to meet people and experience the Complete Cuba, we see people open their hearts, minds, and create new friendships that last long after their time on the island.  We look forward to being in Cuba again in January.  We hope you consider the opportunity to join our March 2018 group, along with Dan Tamarkin of Tamarkin Camera, for what is sure to be a great trip.  

Treat yourself to a new experience in the new year.  Come experience the Complete Cuba.  For more information check out completecuba.com.

Complete Cuba Image of the Week...November 9, 2017

Our second Image of the Week is from Gordon Smith, Florida.  Gordon stated he wants to, "...show the warm, resilient and "enjoying life" spirit that I felt from the Cuban people." 

You can see a more of Gordon's photos from his 2017 Complete Cuba trip (including eastern Cuba and Havana) at http://www.blurb.com/b/7827479-cuba

 Shot with a Leica Q, 1/2000  f2.8  28mm lens  ISO200

Shot with a Leica Q, 1/2000  f2.8  28mm lens  ISO200

The Photo Exhibit.

We are beginning a new project on the Complete Cuba Blog.  It will showcase our clients' favorite photos and show how talented they are.   These posts will also feature not only how much fun an adventure to Cuba can be…but also the real “Complete Cuba” interactions we have on our trips.

We asked alumni to submit their favorite photographs from their trip(s) with Complete Cuba.  We will be selecting these randomly to show on this blog, along with information about our upcoming trips.
 
Once the blog project is completed, we are planning a gallery exhibit of Complete Cuba travelers and their photos, at The Rangefinder Gallery at Tamarkin Camera, here in Chicago Illinois.  We hope this exhibit will incorporate photos from our January and March 2018 as well, and will likely be in the second quarter of 2018.

We are excited to showcase highlights from Complete Cuba trips.
 
We hope you enjoy seeing some of the favorite photographs of our past travelers.