Kodak was a great company that brought us the wonderful photographic world we know today. George Eastman’s dream was to make photography accessible to the masses. His vision has been fulfilled. Today anyone with a cellphone can take a picture and share it with the entire human family. We have…
A recap of my week long vacation in the land of Castro - CUBA
Cuba is a gorgeous land: very raw, yet rich in culture and history. On one side there is tourism and on the other there is poverty and oppression from the communist government.
Tourism is Cuba’s main source of income, closely followed by exports in Tobacco and Rum. Thereby, making the culture pro-partying and having fun. The Cuban government puts a great priority on tourists and their safety by having armed officers patrolling almost every intersection of major tourist ddestinations. I was also told that theft from a foreigner received severe punishments.
So my trip took me to Varadero (Playa Azul), a resort town with over 20km of gorgeous white sandy beaches and beautiful blue ocean water. For the first time in my life, I went Scuba diving and the experience was truly amazing (Corals, the aquatic life and rock formation 10-15m under the ocean are breathtaking).
My voyages then took me to Havana, the capital and major port of Cuba. Havana is a very historic city with vast culture and outstanding architecture, museums and monuments. Some major buildings include: Capitolio Nacional, Chamber of commerece, Cathedral of Havana, Austrian Center. I went to the place were they invented Pina colada: Floridita, and it was the most splendid Pina colada I had ever tasted. I was also fortunate enough to watch a Flamenco performance.
The Costa Concordia, an Italian cruise liner with over 4200 people on board was going over on a trip around the Mediterranean when it apparently hit a reef near the island of Giglio on Friday. Apparently, the cruise liner was out of course as a courtesy call to its head waiter who is from the island and it was a promotional stunt involving the ship honking and the whole island and the crew on board waving. So far 5 are reported dead and 15 till missing. Prayers go to the victims and survivors.
Montreal with the Boys and two very patient girls...
Bring in the New Year!!
So last minute I decided I was going to Montreal for New Years. The last three days were a blast with Hassan, Valeed, Ray, Stefan, Umair, Ankur, Noman, Keshav, Yvonne and Kathlyn. Although, we didn’t get around to seeing the city a lot (what else do you expect from a bunch of guys?) we still managed to have a very enjoyable time at Montreal although it was freezing.
Highlights of the trip included:
Lounging at Sir Winston Churchill, Clubbing at Altitude 737 (Amazing view and Live music), Amazing poutine at Resto La Banquise, Crepes at Paris Crepe, Downtown window shopping, Relaxing at the hotel jacuzzi and pool, Hotel room Partying with Jenga and cards, Hiking around Mont Royal (spectacular view) and Enjoying New Years and Fireworks together at the Montreal Pier. A lot of embarrassing and fun times with stupid arguments, debates and plenty of bonding. Special apology goes to the girls for not waking up until the day was over and having to wait ages before we get ready to do anything.
It was so weird having no working cellphone or internet for three days, almost felt like I was cut off from the world (Mobilicity, although you are cheap you can be a pain sometimes)
Happy New Year!!!! Hope apocalypse doesn`t happen and 2012 turns out to be a fabulous year for one and all with all wishes coming true and goals being met.