WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2013/2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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journeys bon voyage trekking getaways excursions escapes Educational Travel Learning for the Fun of It J A N E T M E N D E L S O H N writer travel JANET MENDELSOHN near and far " i'm bored with the Caribbean," a friend told me recently. I know, poor baby. But she's not alone in wishing for a different kind of vacation. What have you always wanted to do? Work beside archeologists at a dig? Learn to build a wooden boat? Discuss the composer's work with performers at a classical music festival? Do you long to master techniques of French or Asian cooking? Or study birds at a remote field We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 3 / 2 0 1 4 station in Maine? Well, you can. Learning experiences for adults ranging from weeklong workshops to small-group travel are not hard to arrange. Choose an adventure that speaks to you. Want to go somewhere that used to be off-limits, just because now you can? That's how I ended up in Havana hearing a former Cuban diplomat give his no-holds-barred, sometimes anti-American, perspective on the history of US-Cuba relations. When the United States recently lifted its restrictions on travel to Cuba, it was my chance to taste previously forbidden fruit while learning about a country that's close to our shore 186 Cuban musicians and dancers perform stories of the Santeria religion.

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