Cuba

When I went to Cuba, it felt and looked as if I went back in time to the 1950s. While there, I visited the capital city of Havana, which had vintage cars, colorful homes, and buildings with Spanish colonial architecture. Everywhere I went I experienced a cool retro ambiance that cannot be found anywhere else in the modern world. Cubans are really nice and friendly people. They show great pride in their country despite their political and economic hardships. Tourism is the main source of revenue for the island and the locales highly encourage people to come visit their beautiful island to support their economy. These are a few of my favorite photos from Havana. Viva La Cuba!

 

Jackson 60

Remember the Jackson family I took pictures of a few years ago? (http://www.samuelclifton.com/?p=2155) Well, Dale just turned 60 and his family threw him a surprise birthday party to celebrate the big occasion. Interestingly enough, I learned the daughter, the mom and the dad all share the same birthday. Here are some photos I captured of his expanding family after the party.

Kenya

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful country of Kenya. This was my first time traveling to the continent of Africa and words cannot adequately describe its natural beauty and vast landscape. On this trip, I visited three different areas in Kenya: the city of Nairobi, Maasai Mara (Masai Mara) National Reserve Park, and the Island of Lamu. In Nairobi, I visited the giraffe center and an elephant sanctuary. I also sampled authentic Kenyan food and drinks at a few local restaurants. After that, I toured a few markets and tried to flex my negotiation skills to purchase authentic gifts (and failed miserably, lol). Next was the three-day Safari at the Maasai Mara National Reserve Park. Luckily, I saw three of the big five animals (buffalo, elephant and lion; the rhino and leopard were hiding) and visited a local Maasai village to learn of their culture. Finally, the trip ended with a few days on Lamu Island just off the coast of Kenya where I experienced first hand the Swahili culture and island life. Interestingly enough, there are no cars on the island because the streets are very narrow. People mainly travel by boat, foot or use donkeys. Although all of these places were in Kenya, each offered a very different and unique experience that I will never forget. Take a look at some of my favorite moments captured on photo. Karibu Kenya!

 

Travel Bug

Traveling internationally has always been something I wanted to do. When the time came to plan a cool trip with friends, I would always have a difficult time committing to the travel dates. So, I would just talk myself out of going. However, all that changed this year when I decided to let go of fear and doubt, and book a trip around my flexible work schedule instead of other people. As a result, I booked two amazing trips and got the opportunity to capture some great images, meet new people, make new friends, experience new cultures, taste delicious food, and see some of the most beautiful places on earth. I’ve been bitten by the travel bug. Now, I am eagerly looking forward to the next trip. Keep an eye out for my first travel blog post from the beautiful continent of Africa coming soon.

 

Photo Credit: James Anthony http://jamesanthonyphotos.com