Tag: Amy Mackenzie

Cuba Trip with the Black Bears


This March break, I got to experience a one in a lifetime trip with my best friends. We got to go to Guardalavaca, Cuba and it was amazing to see. The difference of lifestyle was crazy and most people didn’t have much to live with being lucky to even have a house. Nature, the people there and the weather were only a few things that were memorable in Cuba. However, the best memories were made with my team. From jumping in the pool to singing in front of a crowd, it felt like I was in a dream or a movie. I don’t know what I would do without these awesome girls and I’m so thankful to have been able to go on this trip.

Even though this vacation didn’t go exactly as planned, I still had a whole lot of fun and loved every second I was there. We played the sport we loved and there were a lot of locals who came to support. One girl was even celebrating her birthday so we made her a card and gave her a few things. The softball was incredible and the players were spectacular. I never thought that I would ever be playing against 30 year olds but there we were, and might I add, we killed it. Also, they were extremely nice and some of the girls actually came to our resort where we danced and swam (even though we weren’t allowed 🙂 ). After all of our games, the team and I brought extra gear for them and I got a signed shirt from one of the girls on the team. One thing that I can say is I got to pitch in Cuba and as a beginner pitcher; it was a great experience to have.

At the resort, the girls and I did a lot of things. For example, we played beach volleyball numerous times and swam together at the beach. I even think some of the girls overcame their fears of swimming in the ocean or got more scared because of some fish. In addition, we may or may not have embarrassed ourselves on the stage but I must say our team has some moves and so do the parents (Kerry should have won the competition 🙂 ). The girls also went crazy on the lemonades. Personally I didn’t think they were that good but some had so many we thought they were a little drunk. Later on in the trip, we took the bus to Holguin and went to the place where the national coach trained his team. With a total of 840 stairs up and down, many people tackled the challenge of walking those steps including me. My quads will never be the same after that walk. They were very sore but I can say that I did it and I’m proud of that.

To conclude, this trip changed my life and I’m so glad and grateful I got to experience it.