Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel
The mission of the Adler Planetarium, located in Grant Park on Chicago's lakeshore, is to inspire exploration and understanding of the Universe

Click on above photo to view it in large format: The mission of the Adler Planetarium, located in Grant Park on Chicago’s lakeshore, is to inspire exploration and understanding of the Universe

John G. Shedd Aquarium is located in Grant Park on Chicago's lakefront, is the largest indoor aquarium in the world

Click on above photo to view it in large format: John G. Shedd Aquarium is located in Grant Park on Chicago’s lakefront, is the largest indoor aquarium in the world

The Art Institute of Chicago is housed in a building originally constructed for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Today, the two bronze lions that stand aside its entrance, are among the most recognizable landmarks in Chicago.

Click on above photo to view it in large format: The Art Institute of Chicago is housed in a building originally constructed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Today, the two bronze lions that stand aside its entrance, are among the most recognizable landmarks in Chicago.

Buckingham Fountain, located in Chicago's Grant Park on the lakefront, was modeled after a fountain in the Palace of Versailles, France

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Buckingham Fountain, located in Chicago’s Grant Park on the lakefront, was modeled after a fountain in the Palace of Versailles, France

Art deco exterior of the Chicago Board of Trade Building in downtown Chicago features figures holding sheaves of wheat and stalks of corn, in homage to the commodities trading that still occurs here every business day

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Art deco exterior of the Chicago Board of Trade Building in downtown Chicago features figures holding sheaves of wheat and stalks of corn, in homage to the commodities trading that still occurs here every business day

It’s been a long 15 months in the U.S., with little opportunity to travel, but that’s about to change. By the time you read this, I will be in Cuba, a place I have long dreamed of visiting. Having lived in both the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, I am no stranger to this part of the world, but Cuba has a mystique like no other Caribbean island. Antique muscle cars, polished to a deep sheen, rumble down boulevards like deep-throated lions sizing up prey. Sensuous salsa tunes float into the street from dim and smoky music clubs. Crumbling buildings, painted in shades of peeling pastel, are a photographer’s paradise.

Map showing my travel to Cuba with Discover Corps, showing the destinations we will visit

Map showing my travel to Cuba with Discover Corps

You may be wondering if legal travel to Cuba is available for all U.S. citizens. The answer is yes and no. On January 16, 2015, regulations governing travel to Cuba were amended by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Twelve categories of travel that previously required a specific license are now allowed by OFAC. These include categories such as family visits for persons of Cuban descent; journalistic activity; professional research and meetings; educational activities; religious activities; public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic, and other competitions and exhibitions; support for the Cuban people; and humanitarian projects. Travel for general tourism, however, is still not allowed. Read More