With a live orchestra, old-fashioned crooners, acrobats, contortionists and a razzle-dazzle troupe of outlandishly clad dancers with peacock tails, whirling tassels and towering hats of fruit and feathers -- and a bottle of good rum and local cola at each table -- it's a fun evening.
As Internet access comes to Cuba, busy squares in Havana are crowded with people hungry to connect online. These are the big-city young generation waiting patiently for their society to break open. When it does... Look out!
Havana Vieja (Old Havana) is polished, nicely cobbled and touristy. Rather than beggars, you find jaunty old men with giant cigars eager to pose for a dollar. Rather than begging, panhandlers find an excuse to make business.
Part of being a tourist in Cuba is sorting out the puzzle of its ideology and its struggling economy. With the country opening up to tourism, softening its controls on society, and preparing for the inevitable end of the Castro era, traveling here is filled with fun and curious insights.
Part of the festivities is our guides' international talent show. In this skit, our German guides explain "The Four Principles of German Humor" (color-coded in bordeaux, ruby, scarlet, and crimson). To keep it snappy, we'll just show you "bordeaux."
A highlight of our annual guides' summit is our international talent show, which turns my living room into a jam-packed theater. In this skit, our Italian tour guides expanded our vocabulary with some of the many gestures you'll encounter when traveling in Italy.
We fly in our guides (more than 100 this year from all over Europe and the USA) for a one-week series of workshops and itinerary roundtables to fine-tune our tour program and ensure that we'll offer the best possible European tours in 2016.