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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.


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

  • 13 Nov 2018
  • Travel Story
The world is my oyster

South African street art - a political tour

Join me in my unique journey along one of South Africa's artiest suburbs as I took in beautiful street art and learnt the political messages behind many of them. The flourishing neighbourhood of Woodstock is fast becoming a gentrified hub where edgy cafes and hip foodie markets spring up at an alarming pace, but this once was a grimy area ripe with gang activity. Art forever changed its landscape and the lives of its inhabitants, read on to learn how.
  • 24 Oct 2018
  • Travel Story
The world is my oyster

Vine, wine, sun and views - touring the Cape Town Winelands

We've all done it – knocked back a glass of Sauvignon blanc without a clue about we've just drunk. We might know it's cool crisp and deliciously moreish and, yup, we'd love another glass, please but could we really talk about it like a wine expert? I certainly couldn't.
  • 26 Sep 2018
  • Travel Story
The world is my oyster

Penguin party and the Cape of Good Hope

The last time I eyeballed a penguin it was underwater – swimming with the knee-high Humboldt bird while they torpedoed around me – in the Galapagos many years ago. This time I was on land, thousands of miles in another direction, staring up at its cousin, the petite African penguin on its favourite beach in South Africa.
  • 14 Aug 2018
  • Travel Story
The world is my oyster

A high-flying view of Table Mountain

Freewheeling down a mountain at speed was my kind of fun. We humans have always wanted to fly and scootering down Table Mountain with the wind in my hair felt like flying to me. It was sky-high exhilaration under the warming rays of the African sun.
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