The Cuban Chronicles
A True Tale of Rascals, Rogues, and Romance
Category: Travel & Emigration
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An honest, raw, and sometimes humorous account a woman wandering Cuba alone ...
RAW. REAL. AUTHENTIC.
Some girls have all the fun. Author Wanda St.Hilaire has taken her passion for travel, especially to Spanish speaking countries, and has given readers an opportunity to experience Cuba from an original and spirited perspective.
In the infancy of Cuba’s tourism, Wanda St.Hilaire takes a trip to the tiny island. In spite of her love of all things Latin, she puts herself on a travel ban to Castro’s Cuba, one that lasts twenty years. When she is forced to cancel a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico at the last minute, she finds herself in Cuba twice, on back-to-back trips. Walking into the backstreets of Havana, eyes wide open, she finds herself pulled into a dalliance with a charismatic cubano.
Underneath the façade of Cuba’s tourism lies the desperation of a society living mostly in abject poverty. When tourists mingle with locals, we get a glimpse of what underlies the frivolity of Cuban entanglements. St.Hilaire speaks with an authentic voice and doesn’t mince words; she recounts her own activities, emotions and opinions with refreshing honesty.
With each solo adventure, the author reaches a deeper understanding of human nature and the world. At the same time, she conducts a journey of self-discovery, learning about her own entrenched beliefs, biases and blemishes.
If you enjoy the travel memoir genre, Think Eat, Pray, Love meets Bridget Jones’s Diary with a dash of cayenne!
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About the Author
Wanda St.Hilaire’s prime passion is travel and after a big wake-up call in 2010, she decided that life is too short not to do what you love, where you love. She recently spent winter in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to write her second travel memoir and has traveled throughout the world. Her home base is Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Professions I’d like to try …
National Geographic Photographer/Travel Show Host/Anthropologist.
Biggest mystery …
why humans still value money and power over love and beauty.
Most memorable meal …
a surreal, lavish lunch in Barcelos, Portugal on market day.
Wisest decision …
Not having children. I couldn’t even keep a glass fish I once owned afloat.
Two and a Half Men, nonna’s freshly baked bread at the Italian market, and Latin anything.
Biggest surprise …
having an independent film director contact me to work on an adaptation just as the book was being released!
I’d love to have coffee with …
writer and rogue extraordinaire, Hemingway.
If I were “Bewitched,” the first thing I’d do …
is dematerialize all of the world’s garbage and pollution.
I now create heaven on earth (okay, lofty goal).
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