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Isla de la Juventud, Cuba

Feb 15, 2017 - Panorama II

The DER below is from the expedition to Cuba that began on February 8, 2017. 


Today we were at Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth) off the southwestern coast of Cuba.  The island has inspired books, was intended to be a rich man’s playground during the Batista years, and received its current name by Fidel Castro when he built several schools and brought kids from lesser developed countries there for a free education.  We visited Presidio Modelo, the prison that Fidel was kept during Batista’s time.  Later in the day we visited the town of Nueva Girona and explored a local art school.

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  • John Mitchell Expedition Leader

    Raised in the mountains of Crested Butte, Colorado, John has always been a “child of nature,” where the natural world around him was life’s classroom.  After graduating from Colorado State University with degrees in Speech Communication and Biology, John joined Lindblad Expeditions.  Over the years with Lindblad he tried to learn every aspect of vessel operations while spending his “free time” learning all that he could from the naturalists on board.  His time off the boats was spent traveling throughout North, South, and Central America learning more about the areas.  John left “for a spell” to pursue a post-graduate degree in marine ecology in Hawaii, fell in love with island life and now calls Maui home.