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In 1978 I boarded a plane to New Zealand for a 6 week surfing sojourn from Uni. Between then and now I’ve accumulated 80-ish countries and whilst having surfed in quite a few of those, the interim has taught me that this onion is a deal more than a life support system for waves.

The surf board still accompanies the passport occasionally but more often than not these days the major accessories are a camera, iPad, notebook and wife.

For generic travel anecdotes and tips for the more ‘mature’ wanderer click into Grey Packer.

For those ageing surf nomads now required to place the Zimmer frame in the oversized baggage section along with their boards, check out Grey Waves.

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Vinales Cuba. More images at www.colvinyeates.zenfolio.com

Vinales has a long standing relationship with tourism. The difference is there’s no glossing of the facade to meet the demand. Spruced-up colonial architecture is left for the capital back in Havana. Vinales is all about “what you see is what you get” folk who are at low risk from stress related health issues. The rocking chairs that occupy most porches of the understated houses are a metaphor for a life that moves glacially in this beautiful corner of Cuba. Continue reading

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