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BEYOND BMORE’S TIPS & INFO FOR AMERICANS VISITING CUBA!

I was recently able to visit Havana, Cuba and it was an awesome experience. As I stated in my previous post recapping my weekend there, traveling to Cuba as an American was easier than I expected. I’ll assume that if you’re reading this page, you aren’t the bearer of a super special license from the government and want to get there the easiest way possible. Here’s how you can make that happen, as well as other useful information to make sure your trip is stress-free. Travel to Cuba is still technically “prohibited” unless you fit under any of the 12 categories of authorized travel. Some of the categories include; support for the Cuban people, journalism, support for the Cuban people, religious…

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FROM PRESENT TO PAST: LET’S GO TO CUBA!

After many, many years of restrictions, travel to Cuba by Americans for tourism is finally happening again. Although getting there may be tricky, it isn’t impossible. The current easiest way is to fly into Cuba from another nearby country. My friends and I took advantage of this exciting opportunity and booked a connecting flight through Panama City, Panama. With no questions asked, we were there and ready to spend Independence Day weekend exploring Havana! Here’s a quick look into some of the ways we made the most of our three days in the capital city of the largest Caribbean Island. EXPLORING THE CITY ON AN OLD CAR TOUR When most people think of Cuba they immediately think of the colorful, vintage cars that are still…

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KIA ORA – MY (MIS)ADVENTURES IN NEW ZEALAND

Kia Ora-an informal Maori language greeting often used by New Zealanders to say “hello.” Prior to visiting Sydney, my friend and I went back and forth deciding whether to visit Melbourne, or to take advantage of being so close to New Zealand and take a quick trip there. New Zealand ended up being the choice, so we booked a nonstop flight from Sydney to Auckland. The flight to Auckland was unbelievably empty. I couldn’t quite figure out why, but I wasn’t complaining. This meant less people would be in my way and more attention from the flight crew. Upon arrival, we got an uber and headed to the awesome Airbnb rental where we’d be staying the next few days. The apartment…

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DEAR AMERICA

Dear America, Allow me to reintroduce myself. My name is Brian Keith Oliver. I’m a 31 year old African American male residing in Baltimore, Maryland. I grew up in a middle class family who certainly had it good by society’s standards. I attended only the best public schools that the city had to offer. I graduated from one of the state’s top public universities. I’m one course away from obtaining another degree. I drive a luxury car. I’m a homeowner. I’ve traveled to almost 30 different countries. I’ve eaten at the finest of restaurants. I’ve sat in the room with many well known individuals. I grew up highly involved within the black church. I have no felonies. I have morals.…

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