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Two years ago, a good friend of mine casually remarked that my travel photos were good enough to be postcards. That got my creative juices flowing and I began researching using my photos for travel ePostcards. I found numerous websites that allow people to upload photos from their smart phones, which are turned into postcards that are sent via snail mail, but a collection of high-quality, professional travel photos that could be used for ePostcards was nowhere to be found, and so the idea for Wish You Were Here ePostcards was born.

It took all of those two years to develop the website, Wish You Were Here ePostcards, but today I’m happy to announce that travelers can now use my photos from more than 300 destinations around the world to send ePostcard for just $1.00 ($4.75 for five cards or $9.00 for ten cards). Wish You Were Here saves travelers the hassle of finding a post office or struggling to be understood in a country where they don’t speak the language. Not only is the $1.00 price less than it would cost for a paper postcard plus postage, sending travel ePostcards saves trees and helps the environment. It takes just a few moments to fill in the recipient name and email, sender name and email, type in your message, and click on send. Customers are then directed to a Paypal window for payment; those who don’t have a Paypal account can pay with a credit card. See below for a screenshot of a travel ePostcard from Berlin.

An ePostcard from Berlin, sent from Wish You Were Here

An ePostcard from Berlin, sent from Wish You Were Here

In addition to providing me with a new outlet for my travel photos, I am at an age (63) where I am examining my life and wishing I had done more to help. Read More

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Revolution Plaza in Santa Clara, Cuba, home to Che Guevarra memorial and mausoleum

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Revolution Plaza in Santa Clara, Cuba is home to Che Guevarra memorial and mausoleum. It was in this town that Che mounted his attack that captured the town and set the dictator Batista fleeing for his life. Interested in traveling to Cuba? Read my story about Discover Corps, the company that sponsored my trip, to learn how to have an authentic Cuba experience.

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Young artist models in Play-Doh at Trazos Libres community art project in Cienfuegos, Cuba,

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Young boy sculpts Play-Doh art at Trazos Libres community art project in Cienfuegos, Cuba. The organization works with kids from the neighborhood to keep them off the streets. Interested in traveling to Cuba? Read my story about Discover Corps, the company that sponsored my trip, to learn how to have an authentic Cuba experience.

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Neighborhood murals created by Trazos Libres community art project in Cienfuegos, Cuba

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Trazos Libres art project in Cienfuegos, Cuba paints murals on homes in the neighborhood surrounding the community center. Interested in traveling to Cuba? Read my story about Discover Corps, the company that sponsored my trip, to learn how to have an authentic Cuba experience.

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Ask any Cuban to describe Salsa (Son) music, and the word sabor will inevitably creep into the conversation. Though the word translates literally to “flavor” in English, it is one of those Spanish words that has a deeper meaning – so deep that it might be said to be a spiritual principle. At the very least it implies sensuality, a joyful experience, something profound and heartfelt, a taste of the very soul.

I enjoyed learning about the history of Cuba, meeting Cuban artists, and tasting the creative new cuisine emerging from paladars, but to me the real essence of Cuba lay in its music. Like the indescribable sabor, however, it is difficult to find the words to describe the kind of spiritual experience that Cuban music provoked in me. Rather than try to tell you – which would not do it justice – I decided to show you some of the musical experience that Discover Corps provided during our eight-day tour of Cuba in the video below.
 

I was a guest of Discover Corps during my stay in Cuba, however, the receipt and acceptance of complimentary items or services will never influence the content, topics, or posts in this blog. I write the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.