Archive - July 2, 2015

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Winner of Best Travel Book — 100 THINGS TO DO IN TAMPA BAY BEFORE YOU DIE by Kristen Hare
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NPCA Trip to Cuba–Now this is a good idea

Winner of Best Travel Book — 100 THINGS TO DO IN TAMPA BAY BEFORE YOU DIE by Kristen Hare

The Peace Corps Writers Award for Best Travel Book was first presented in 2001. • And the winner for Best Travel Book published in 2014 is . . . . 100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay before You Die by Kristen Hare (Guyana 2000–02) Reviewer Leita Kaldi Davis (Senegal 1993–96) said about 100 Things . . .: 100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay is not your ordinary guide book, but describes the historic district of the cigar capital — Ybor City, Latin and European influences on cuisine, the awesome Salvador Dali Museum, the Ringling Museum with its circus model, professional football and soccer teams that date from the 1970s, and surrounding meccas of St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Sarasota. The book is divided into chapters on “Food and Drink,” “Music and Entertainment,” “Sports and Recreation,” Culture and History,” “Shopping and Fashion,” with suggested itineraries and seasonal activities. No tourist . . .

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NPCA Trip to Cuba–Now this is a good idea

Now this is a good idea..the only failing, I see, is that the group (it appears) will not be going to Finca Vigia, Museo Hemingway in Havana. This  Museo is supported by The Finca Vigia Foundation, named after Hemingway’s home (which means “lookout farm” in Spanish), has for years worked with Cuban authorities to preserve the estate, restore Hemingway’s fishing boat, the Pilar, and conserve the author’s documents. One of the key figure in this foundation–connecting it directly to RPCVs is Bob Vila (Panama 1969-70) who was a PCV architect as a Volunteer, and later hosted This Old House on PBS. His current website is: www.bobvila.com. The Finca Vigía Foundation, a small American non-profit working in Havana, has navigated the shoals of US/Cuban relations to create a bi-national project that has saved one of the most significant monuments of American literature. In doing so, the Foundation has built bridges between . . .

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