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About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.

War and Voodoo in Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba lies on the southeastern coast of Cuba, a port close to the former Spanish colonies in Mexico and Latin America.  It quickly became an important city and remains Cuba’s second largest. José Martí and Fidel Castro are … Continue reading

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Old American Cars in Cuba

Alie asked why there were so many “hot rods” in Southwest Florida.  I replied that many men who were teenagers in the 1960s remember when it was cool to take a twenty year-old car and “soup it up.”  But most … Continue reading

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Outside Havana: Cienfuegas and Trinidad Cuba

We were fortunate our cruise stopped in three Cuban ports and that we were able to take a bus to a fourth town, Trinidad.  Most cruise ships from the U.S. just stop in Havana.  As is typical with a cruise, … Continue reading

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El Morro: There’s not one, not two, but three.

A morro in Spanish is just a headland, promontory or  or a small hill.   But a non-Spanish speaker visiting the Caribbean could be forgiven for thinking it was something else. Castillo De Los Tres Reyes Del Morro, known locally as El Morro, looms … Continue reading

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Will the real Havana please stand up?

It is human nature to see what one expects to see; magicians rely on that.  It is human nature to give in to confirmation bias, interpreting new experiences in a way which reinforces already held beliefs; politicians rely on that. … Continue reading

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José Martí, A hero for all parties

Travel is a wonderfully educating.  I had heard of Latin American revolutionaries  Simón Bolívar and José de San Martín but was unfamiliar with José Martí whose large statue and monument are on Havana’s Revolution Plaza opposite portrayals of Castro’s revolutionary … Continue reading

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Celebrating “Discoverers’ Day” at the VLA, New Mexico

A bunch of U.S. cities decided to stop celebrating “Columbus Day” on October 12 because the arrival of Europeans was devastating for First Americans.  That is silly; all history including that of pre-Columbian  First Americans is a history of clashing … Continue reading

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