"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." Mark Twain
“Human beings are made up of flesh and blood, and a miracle fiber called courage.”
This trip was never part of a plan, but sometimes the most magical things just happen. We were scheduled to go on a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest in the fall of 2017 and, when an out of town wedding came up for the weekend prior to our departure, I decided that instead of returning home with Tim, I would continue onwards to Europe. My cousins, with whom we were joining for the river cruise, were going to be in France touring Normandy, but the logistics of meeting up with them didn’t work…however, it did get me thinking…
"The people in Cuba, they know what I stand for, and there's a lot of people in Cuba that stand for the same. But they can't say it." - Pitbull
I had a wonderful opportunity to visit Cuba in the spring of 2016 with my friend Sarah and people are so curious about my experience, I thought should share some details of our trip, my thoughts on what we saw, as well as some photos and a few tips on traveling there...
"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf" -Jon Kabat-Zinn
Hello, and welcome to our blog...we are so glad you are here! In case you missed our intro, we are Tim and Sue Walker...high school sweethearts and recent empty nesters with a desire to travel in our spare time! One thing on our bucket list was a European river cruise...but we ran into a bit of a snag when we discovered they are not keen to accommodate passengers with disabilities. Tim has MS and uses a mobility scooter, so at first glance, bucket list item number one was going to end up in the trash bucket. As the travel planner of the family, I am not easily discouraged...so I set out to find out how we could make it work! The journey took me down a couple of different rabbit holes and this blog follows our journey...along with some other travel stories and travel tips you might be interested in.
Unlike an ocean cruise, river cruises are not accessible, mainly because riverboats "raft" together in some ports, causing you to have to traverse through one, or more, boat to get to shore...this is often done via the rooftop deck...which is only accessible by stairs (no elevator to the roof because the boats need to fit under the bridges). So, you need to be able to carry your mobility device and get yourself thru this rafting or at least be able to walk yourself out and have a companion carry your scooter. So the first thing to do was to find a scooter that I could carry, enter the SmartScoot™ travel scooter. It's small, it's light enough that I can carry it up and down steps and it folds up small to fit in that small room. The river cruise is coming up in August of 2017 and I hope you will follow along with us as we try something new!
In the meantime, we took a practice trip to Venice, Florence and Rome and the SmartScoot™ did not disappoint. On and off the boats in Venice, over the ancient streets of Florence and through the cobbled city of Rome, it was a champ. We covered a lot of ground, even scooting for 9 hours one day in Rome! You can read about that here.
So, join us on our travels around the world and around town.
Tim and Sue