The Travel Blog …

Information for travellers to Cuba and our other destinations.  Tips, advice, travel stories and our musings…

Church tower and snowy mountains

German and Skiing in the Austrian Tirol

Who says learning German isn’t fun?!  We are just back from an amazing trip to the Austrian Tirol, where the Spring sunshine was strong enough to give some warmth to the mountain air without melting the excellent snow cover.  Our school is in Kitzbuehel which is picture postcard pretty, and the skiing has been second to none with regular fresh snowfalls all winter. As the school is located close to the slopes, it is easy to get out for the afternoon straight after classes. We checked out the skiing further along the Inntal too, with a couple of days at the former Olympic ski area of the Axamer Lizum. The famous Damenabfahrt (Ladies Downhill) takes you from the very top of the mountain all the way down to the foot of the skilifts in one gloriously heady run.  A real adrenalin rush.  The mountain air coupled with incredibly beautiful scenery and the visible power of nature all around is good for the soul too. Austria was surprisingly inexpensive too, and with hearty home cooked leberknoedlsuppe, kraut and enormous slices of Apfelstrudel we were well fed at a very good price.  What we loved about the Tirol was the scenery, the people and the genuinely friendly welcome everywhere we went.  Traditional wooden farmhouse buildings, impressive towering mountain peaks all around, fresh mountain air, good food and great accommodation – a winning combination for people of all ages. Innsbruck and Salzburg airports both have regular UK connecting flights on a daily basis,  so if you are thinking about brushing up your German, the Tirol is a pretty good place to go. Summer offers excellent cycling and hiking, and in the winter skiing and snowboarding so plenty to do outside of the classroom.  Ask us for more details!

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Men playing guitars, cuba

Make the most of Santiago de Cuba!

Top 5 must –do activities in Santiago de Cuba

We love all of Cuba, but Santiago de Cuba is probably our favourite and is where we have been operating for over 15 years! Here is our list of the top things to do in and around the city:

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New Website Launch

After months of planning, soul searching and organising, we have our new website! The planning and organising elements are clear enough, but soul searching?? Well, since the company started 18 years ago on a kitchen table in Edinburgh, the core theme of Caledonia trips had always been language learning. Hence our original name, Caledonia Languages Abroad Ltd.

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Cuban beach in Guardalavaca

Hello world!

Started working on our new website this week, a perfect opportunity to review what we have been doing for the last 18 years and to think forward for the next several years!  An open horizon and an exciting new future for Caledonia. We have been through plenty of ups and downs since 1998 when Caledonia was created -  that year 15 people travelled to Nice (France) and Granada (Spain) on summer language courses.  Little did we know that 18 years on we would be specialists in Cuba holidays, organising our own dance and music trips, co-ordinating hiking and trekking itineraries in various parts of the world and organising school trips to Europe and Latin America! Onwards and upwards....
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