Carole having fun mocking a statue at the Muraleando Community Center in a vibrant Havana neighborhood.
The Woman Riding The Rooster
That's the name that I give this famous 2012 statue by Roberto Fabelo. You'll find it at Plaza Vieja in old Havana, Cuba. The interpretation of this statue is left up to your imagination. I see it as a nude woman, during lean times in Cuba, having to resort to prostitution in order to put food on her family's dinner table each day.
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There’s so much to tell about the trip I led from St. Augustine To Cuba. Today's program concludes our wonderful journey into our historical past. The food, dance, music, and culture provides a window into the resilience and creativity of people, their passions, and their persistence. Today we’ll focus on Cuba, its people and its multi-ethnic communities. Make sure you listen to the July 6th broadcast to learn more about Fort Mose, St. Augustine, Florida and the courageous slaves who fled South to find freedom.
Buckle up and travel with me to Cuba…a short 90 miles off the coast of Florida.
Our 2017 Travel Group From Florida To Cuba
By Carole Copeland Thomas, CITM
Certified International Travel Manager
There’s so much to tell about the trip I led from St. Augustine, Florida To Cuba that today is just the beginning of a wonderful journey into our historical past. The food, dance, music, and culture provides a window into the resilience and creativity of people, their passions, and their persistence. We’ll start the journey today and continue it in the weeks to come. It’s multiculturalism at its best from Fort Mose to The Woolworth Lunch Counter To Old Havana.
Buckle up and travel with me back in time to an era gone by, but still in our hearts and mind.
Carole Making Her First Visit To The Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
I just returned from my fourth trip to India. The country has the second largest population in the world. The more I travel there, the more I realize I still know little about the world, its history and its people. I clamor to return next February. And even after 30 years as a diversity professional, I can’t wait to get back there and learn more.
The highlight for me was seeing the majesty of Fort Agra and the Taj Mahal. Their beauty and archeological genius surpass anything I have seen in my lifetime. Jewels embedded into marble walls. Intricate patterns and designs carved out of single slabs of marble. And symmetry that allows the viewer to see the Taj Mahal at many angles from a distance.
The educational center we support in South India, the people and their sprit keep me connected to countries like India. Today’s show gives you travel tips and many reasons why YOU should pack a bag and head off for a distant land. Stop yielding to your fears or the barrage of news reports that spike your anxiety. Pack a bag and GO. The cultural lessons will be worth the investment of your time, energy and money.
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