The Travel Blog …

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

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European Day of Languages

Happy 26 September, the European Day of Languages! Did you know there are between 6000 and 7000 languages in the world – spoken by 7 billion people divided into 189 independent states? Or that at least half of the world’s population are bilingual or plurilingual, i.e. they speak two or more languages? Today is the day when people all over the world celebrate language learning, from fun activities in schools and colleges to national campaigns across Europe to promote languages and to acknowledge the important role that learning a language plays in a wider cultural context.

Here are 3 fun facts for today:

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When is the best time to go to Cuba?

There are several factors to take into consideration when considering when to go to Cuba, including flight costs, weather conditions and special events and festivals. The following is intended to guide you with some useful information about when is the best time to go to Cuba.

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Four stunning white villages in Andalucia not to be missed

Far from the crowded beaches of the Costa del Sol, the picturesque white washed villages clinging to the Andalucian hillside seem a world away and will instantly have you under their spell. These off the beaten track “pueblos blancos” are brimming with charm and local colour, so we wanted to share some of our favourites.

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Fast & Furious with Chanel – celebrity culture comes to Havana

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Fast and Furious with Chanel supermodels dressed to kill in Havana, hot on the heels of other international superstars, making Cuba the most fashionable backdrop of the year

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Havana in March this year is in a whirl, with the first US presidential visit in 88 years, the Rolling Stones free concert and the Bay Rays baseball match all in one week!

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December in Havana

December in Cuba, forget Rudolph and think movies and jazz. You might imagine a Cuban Christmas to be non-stop merriment and mojitos, yet the festive season here is a relatively recent phenomenon. From 1959-1997 it didn’t officially exist: the island’s Revolution was atheist.

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MANANA festival in Cuba

We are delighted to have been appointed as the official travel partner for the forthcoming MANANA 2016 festival in Santiago de Cuba, on 4/5/6 May 2016

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Our Woman in Havana

Our Woman in Havana, Sue Herrod, will be contributing a monthly blog for Caledonia providing a unique insight and personal commentary on life in Cuba.

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Colombia’s Coffee Region

After visiting Colombia’s coffee cultural landscape, Rachael posts some of the highlights of her trip.

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Top 5 things to do in Madrid

After a recent visit to our popular language school, Rachael posts with her top 5 things to do in Madrid and places to visit whilst exploring the city.

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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.

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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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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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