Jim Smith, a guest who joined IE to travel to Cuba in January 2013 commemorated his experience with a series of poems, which he has graciously agreed to share. Read his first piece here.

outstretched tentacles
miniature petaled blooms
orchid octopus         

In the botanical garden of Soroa there was an entire section devoted to varied orchid species. One of the most unusual orchids closely resembled the shape of an octopus. - January 24, 2013 Cuba People-to-People Tour  - Soroa, Cuba