Episode 6: Cuba Pt. 1 – Havana

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted a video. I can’t even begin explaining the process of being an on the road editor / producer / writer / cinematographer / graphic designer during this trip because it is constantly changing. The travel experience you have on the road is always a learning experience, and with it comes its benefits and consequences. This, being my first real backpacker experience, has opened my eyes to so many things, most are too hard to capture on film and some I’ve been lucky enough to grab. I want to apologize on how long it’s taken me to get back on the wagon. I have to admit, there have been some really low points on my trip where I didn’t know if I could continue doing this. Being away from my family and friends has been hard… really hard… and being in Cuba was even harder (since internet was not the easiest thing to get). I felt completely isolated and alone and didn’t have the confidence to keep going. But even with those low points, I am still going strong, still learning, still experiencing so many things and still keeping the dream of seeing as much as I possibly can. One of the main things I’ve learned from traveling is to never give up. No matter how low you get, you have to always remember there is an end goal and it is to keep going, because all the things you experience in your life will stick with you forever. This trip has changed me in a way that makes me really appreciate what life has given me. I feel grateful for everything around me and more open to what is to come in the future. I’m still not sure what is the purpose of this blog, I don’t know even know if it really impacts peoples lives or even expresses the things I’ve experienced within myself, but I am happy to know I have captured all that I could and that I can relive them day by day in the future. But anyways, now that you have read my ramble, I hope you enjoy my latest instalment of my project, here is the beginning of my trip to the magical country of Cuba.

Places Visited
Old Havana
Plaza de la Revolución
Museo del Chocolate
La Taberna de la Muralla
El Chanchullero
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Episode 2: Mexico City – Part 1

I am in Mexico City and there is so much to see that I couldn’t fit it all in one video! Enjoy part 1 of my Mexico City adventure.

Places Visited
Bosque de Chapultepec
Auditorio Nacional
Castillo de Chapultepec/Museo Nacional de Historia
Condesa
El Ángel de la Independencia

Read more about the teachers protest below
Politics at play in Mexico’s ongoing teacher protests – USA TODAY
Mexico teachers clash with police in Zocalo Square – BBC News
Protest by Mexican Teachers Is Ended – The New York Times

Packing

It’s my last day here in Nashville and it’s time to get packing! In this video, I’ll show you some of the things I am packing for my journey.

List of Items

Clothing:
3 shirts
2 pants / short cutoffs
4 pairs of underwear
6 pairs of socks
1 Marmot Rain Jacket
1 Warm jacket
1 Fleece jacket
1 Pair of Five Finger shoes
1 Pair of Toms

Camping Equipment:
One Person Tent
Sleeping Bag (In Compression Sack)
Sleeping Liner
Sleeping Pad
Headlamp
SteriPen (for Water Purification)
Blister Bandaids
Compass
Insect Repellent
Hand Wipes
Toilet Paper
Sunscreen

Toiletries:
Shampoo
Bar Soap
Toothpaste
Toothbrush
Dental Floss
Mouthwash
Nail Clippers
Deodorant
Shaving Cream
Razor
Q-tips
Tissues

Meds:
Claritan
Pepto
Dayquil / Nyquil
Sudafed
Bandaids
Neosporin
Hand Sanitizer
Butterfly Closure Bandages
Aloe
Chapstick

This is really all you would need, the rest of the things I’m carrying are camera equipment and a laptop. I would not recommend carrying as much camera gear as I am unless you are planning on documenting yourself also. Hope this helps!

The Cincinnati Experience

Before I leave to South America I want to make sure I don’t miss out on seeing the a bit of America beforehand. In this video I travel to Cincinnati for a weekend to with a few friends. Lots of drinking, lots of eating and lots of fun.

Tech Fails and Sweat Trails

Sometimes things don’t always go as we plan them. In this video you’ll see me struggle through some technological failures and also get to see me work out. Enjoy!

About Me

So who is Chris Paz and why the hell does he like to travel so much? In this short video you will find out where he comes from and what his future plans will be. Please make sure to check out his IndieGoGo page to help him achieve his goals!

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