Our trip to Vietnam is less than a month away! As you prepare to visit this beautiful country, there is no better way to prime yourself to travel than to watch some famous movies about Vietnam. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the country as you follow these incredible tales of exploration and intrigue. With the winter holidays arriving (not to mention the … Continue reading Movies to Watch Before Traveling to Vietnam
We are nearing the end of our Colibri Thanksgiving Camp and today we’ll be saying goodbye to many of our students. This year we had students representing over ten countries, including China, Japan, Vietnam, Saudi-Arabia, Kuwait, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, United Kingdom, Kazakhstan, Russia, Israel, Taiwan and Thailand. Being at the heart of downtown Boston, our students were able to enjoy a wide array of international … Continue reading Thanksgiving Camp 2017 in Boston
Iceland is a highly unique country that is both the bridge between the continents of Europe and North America and also a nearly totally isolated island. Because of this, Iceland is able to maintain its own distinct culture while still being connected globally. This large island has an unusually small population—sheep outnumber the people, who fall just short of 335,000—which makes Iceland full of resilient … Continue reading Do’s & Don’t’s of Iceland
Our Iceland/Ireland trip is right around the corner and one of the many interesting places we are visiting is Reykjavik, Ireland’s capital. To help you get a sense of its culture, here is a list of a few fun places to see in Reykjavik: Top five places to visit in Reykjavik Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights) The Northern Lights are one of nature’s most exhilarating … Continue reading Reykjavik, Iceland
1. Motorcycle diaries (movie)– absolutely “must see” in order to understand the process of transformation of a privileged and well educated doctor from Argentina – Ernesto Guevara into an iconic revolutionary known simply as “Che”. Based on the true story documented by Che himself in a famous Latin America dairy, the film follows two daring friends, Ernesto Guevara (Gael García Bernal, Y Tu Mama Tambien) and … Continue reading 5 books and movies to read or watch before your trip to Cuba.
1. Cuban currency is NOT traded internationally, so you can’t buy it in advance. You buy it when you arrive in Cuba. 2. Cuba has two major currencies: Cuban Convertible CUC and Cuban Peso CUP. The major currency and one used for first time visitors is the Cuban Convertible, CUC. 1 CUC = 0.85 USD Note: a 10% penalty is charged when exchanging US dollars, so you will … Continue reading Cuban currency and 5 things every traveller must know about it!
Born and raised in Cuba, Maylena Chaviano is an accomplished salsa teacher and performer and a PhD student at McGill University. She has been advising travelers and leading groups to Cuba for several years. She sat down with Colibri to discuss Castro, Cuba’s art and music, and what travelers should expect and search for when visiting Cuba. Colibri: When working on this interview, we … Continue reading Discovering Cuba