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Claire Boobbyer

Cultural Explorer

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Claire fell in love with Cuba after her first trip to the island for Christmas in 1998. Since then, she has explored all corners of this fabled isle, and has written articles about the island for national newspapers, magazines, and numerous guidebooks.

Cuba's seductive musical rhythms, its gregarious people, its stunning beaches, glorious Spanish colonial architecture, cool mountain air, lethally good cocktails, and storied home-grown revolution, have continually piqued her interest.

Claire speaks fluent Spanish, dances Cuban salsa, and makes a mean minty mojito!

Claire also loves to explore Central America, and Southeast Asia. She is author of guides to Guatemala, Vietnam and Laos, and regularly writes about these countries for the national press.

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Claire's Been There Done That

  • Learning to become a cigar roller in Pinar del Rio
  • Motorbiking off the beaten track in Ha Giang province in northern Vietnam
  • Slow boating all the way from northern Laos down the Nam Ou river to Luang Prabang
  • Spending Holy Week with Maya idol Maximon in the town of Santiago Atitlan in Guatemala
  • Fishing for the once-in-a-waning-moon appearance of the 'teti' fish in Baracoa with local fishermen
  • Searching for treasure off the pirate coast of the Isle of Youth - famous for sheltering plundering buccaneers

Recent articles by Claire

  • 10 Apr 2018
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My Kiff Kombi Urban Safari in Cape Town

An urban safari I won't forget in a hurry - join me on my journey along Cape Town on a comfortable and colourful 90s Volkswagen Kombi, courtesy of Kiff Kombi Tours, a refreshingly new and cool company offering all-encompassing tours for first-time visitors with stops at the most photogenic stops. A memorable ride through an exceptionally vibrant town that I will fondly remember for years to come. Keep reading below to find out what made the journey so very special.
  • 06 Mar 2018
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Exploring Cape Town's Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

What struck me most about my recent visit to South Africa’s Cape Town was all there is to see and do around the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront - from lovely al fresco cafes and ice cream stalls to shops, contemporary museums, vintage buildings, old castles, boutique hotels and an amazing indoor food market. And that goes without mentioning the aquarium! Keep reading to find out what I loved about Cape Town and what I plan to go back and see.
  • 29 Jan 2018
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The floral kingdom of Kirstenbosch - Cape Town's blooming botanical gardens

After venturing into one of the world's very few (and first) botanical gardens to be granted the prestigious title of UNESCO World Heritage Site, I found many a wildlife wonder and not only of the verdant kind! Read my guide on how to make the most of a visit to Cape Town's Kirstenbosch gardens with tops tips like why you should make use of one of the free daily guided tours and take plenty of refreshment with you as you meander through the blossoming paths under a radiant sunshine.
  • 26 Dec 2017
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Santiago de Cuba - what's new in Cuba's second city

Famous for its hypnotising, percussive music, and its unique take on Cuban history, the city of Santiago in Cuba has had a makeover. Founded by Spanish colonists in 1515, who laid a tangle of narrow streets, climbing up from the Bay of Santiago, the city pulled out all the stops for its 500th anniversary in 2015, and the sprucing up has made this city - 540 miles east of Havana - a much more attractive and lively place to visit. And, since late last year it has a new ‘site' for visitors - the tomb of Fidel Castro - which authorities acknowledge has driven tourist traffic to the city.
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