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“Traveling to Cuba as an American is an opportunity of a lifetime not-to-be-missed, and so is traveling there with Professor Ron Herman…absolutely superb is the only way to sum it up.  We saw Cuba from many perspectives, both public and private, routine and privileged, guided and unguided—the entire journey exceeded my expectations!  The quality of the 14-day itinerary did not disappoint…from the opening day’s guided tour around Old Havana, to private conversations with Havana’s distinguished architects, artists and photographers, to lunches at the City’s best state-run restaurants right through to dinners selectively chosen at the City’s most-popular and delicious “paladares”.  Add in a wonderful trip to points East to see the country-living in Cuba up-close and personal; it was the perfect counter-point to the intense wonderfulness of Havana.  We felt privileged and special every step of the way under Ron’s caring guidance.” – Alison Z.

“This was an amazing trip and I feel lucky that I got to participate.  Professor Ron Herman’s enthusiasm, knowledge, and sense of adventure for Cuba enabled us to experience Cuba up close and personal.  This is not a tour from a bus, because of Ron’s contacts we were in the streets photographing Cuba and its people along with professional Cuban photographers who became our friends. We attended lectures both formal and informal on the arts in Cuba.   Ron was up for anything and encouraged us to explore all aspects of Cuba, joining us on forays to Jazz clubs as well as organizing unique side trips to see ballets, artist homes, ethnic dance, music and other parts of Cuba.  I could go on and on, it truly was a very unique and wonderful trip!”  – Katherine B.

“Being an American photographer in Cuba was an extraordinary experience on both professional and personal levels.” – John T.

“I hesitate to use the phrase “it was the trip of a lifetime.” But, traveling with Ron to Cuba, with a small group of photographers in September 2010, was really just such a trip. It was a unique and wonderful opportunity to see and photograph a country that not many of us get to see. Meeting other professional photographers in Havana was a trip highlight.” – Corinne D.

“Cuba is a wild and wonderful country to visit and now is the time to go. Having traveled to over a third of the world’s countries, many of them developing nations, I can honestly say that Cuba is truly unique. Traveling with Professor Herman was a great experience. As a group leader, Professor Herman deftly handled the challenges of safely shepherding a group through a country as challenging as Cuba was for travelers. As an educator, he made sure that every day was one where we learned something new and unexpected about our host country. As a traveler himself, Professor Herman’s curiosity about the culture, history and people of Cuba was infectious. It was a trip that I won’t ever forget and I plan to return as soon as possible.” – Neeley M.


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