Category Archives: Destinations

Adventure Tales from Kauai

[caption id="attachment_3795" align="alignright" width="300"] Hiking in along Kauai's Napali Coastline[/caption] Alooooooooha from the Garden Isle of Kauai! This is my fourth summer on this island paradise. You betcha, I’m happy to be back. With thousands of miles between here and just about anywhere, you may ask, Why do I keep coming back to Kauai? Duh,…
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Adventures to Spain, Morocco, and Portugal With New Eyes

Recently I took a long, fifteen-hour flight from South Florida to Kauai, where I will be spending most of the summer. During this grueling, multiple leg trip, I had oodles of time to go through some of my recent photos, videos, and snaps. Although I know that you have been keeping up with my adventures…
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Cuban Cocktail Recipe – La Canchánchara

As someone that travels a lot, I typically don't buy many souvenirs. There is not enough space in my humble writing abode or backpack for much. So my best souvenirs over the years have been recipes. In my book, With New Eyes, I included recipes for tortilla española from my years in Spain as well as a…
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A Conversation in Cuba I Will Never Forget

After umpteen visits to Cuba, the country and its people continue to amaze me. Many will argue that Cuban perseverance, sense of community, and ingenuity are its biggest strengths, but I think Cuba’s approach to happiness is paramount and my greatest takeaway from Cuba. That is why I wanted to share this unforgettable conversation about…
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My Best Souvenir – Bet You Can’t Guess

[caption id="attachment_3632" align="alignright" width="300"] Heidi Siefkas in Barcelona, Spain[/caption] With many adventures under my belt, you can imagine I have souvenirs from all corners of the world. I have rugs from Peru, sculptures from the Dominican Republic, a sombrero grande from Mexico, and jewelry from Australia and New Zealand to Cuba. With that said, I've…
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A Dose of Aloha and Adventure in Kauai

You know that Jerry Maguire line, "You had me at hello." Well, Kauai had me at aloha. Nearly three years ago, I got my first taste of the Garden Isle and aloha. Shortly there after, it became my writing abode and basecamp of many adventures whether on foot, in kayak, or by helicopter. Why did…
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What Has Changed with Travel to Cuba and What Hasn’t 2016

[caption id="attachment_3219" align="alignright" width="225"] Street in Trinidad, Cuba[/caption] Do you want to cut through all of the paparazzi about travel to Cuba and how it may be different than before? As someone that beat not only Beyonce and Jay Z to Cuba, but also President Obama, here's my two cents on my travels to Cuba…
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Hiking Kauai’s Alakai Swamp Trail

All right, I know exactly what you’re thinking after reading the headline above. I didn’t come to Hawaii to check out a swamp! Also … What would I find fun about an adventure in a swamp? As it turns out, quite a lot. The Alakai Swamp Trail is a true aloha hiking adventure full of eye candy for nature…
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