a year ago
This, my first Road Scholar experience, and only my second group travel experience in the past 35 years, has set the bar so very high for future travel that I wonder any can top it. Our guides, Julie and Elias, were attentive, informative, inventive, hilarious at times, and overall, amazing. It is a tribute to Road Scholar that such high caliber guides continue to be available to lead their Cuba adventures. And our driver, George, squeezed the bus down narrow streets with skilled precision. When I look back on the variety, relaxed timing and organization of the experiences to which we were introduced on this trip, I think of the word "cadence." The visits to artist studios, ballet and modern dance companies, the acapella chorus, the farm, the children's art project, the private church & museum tours, the Cuban dominoes club, the paladar meals and proprietor discussions, the introductory lectures on Cuban music and Cuban-US relations by University professors, the chance to interact with dancers, doctors, artists, musicians, proprietors of a Cuban B&B, a grocery store for locals, plus the bicitaxis and all out FUN of this trip, contributed to an awesome experience. Best of all, our group itself was cohesive, congenial, helpful to each other, and made me, as a solo traveler, feel that I was part of a group of friends, not at all solo. If you have been considering a trip to Cuba, this is the one.