Friday, November 4, 2016

About the Tour Guides

Christine Michaels is the creator of the Little Havana Cultural Tour. A native Floridian, Christine is the daughter of immigrant parents who met in St. Louis, Missouri in the 1960s.  Her mother is from Ecuador and her father from Poland. Armed with a Masters Degree in business and undergraduate degree in both business and international relations, launching and operating a cultural walking tour combines both her passions. Her fluency in Spanish also elevates the tour as Christine can readily translate conversations or questions/answers with locals.

Grateful for her multicultural heritage, Christine has had the opportunity to travel the globe to gain insight into the fabric of life of many cultures. Since she was a child Christine spent many summer vacations in Ecuador a month at a time. She also studied in Valencia, Spain during college. More unique was a rare visit to Poland with her family during the Cold War and to witness the Communist way of life first hand when visiting relatives.  Some of her Ecuadorian cousins have migrated to Australia where Christine spent a month exploring Sydney and the Gold Coast. Her most recent trip was to Machu Picchu in Peru.

With an affinity for culture and history, and an appreciation for her backyard, it was a natural progression for Christine to offer this unique tour offering deep insight into a cultural gem.

Flavia Caldas is the lead tour guide for this popular cultural tour. A native of Brazil, Flavia started her career in television production. Observing people and their subjects behind the scenes motivated her to delve deeper into history, various cultures as well as the arts and architecture. In moving to Miami, consumed the highlights of Miami and soon launched a blog Here Flavia shares her impressions and tips on Miami culture and activities to fellow Brazilians ranging from festivals, to concerts, art scenes, dancing places, food trucks and best restaurants. With a passion for authentic Cuban cuisine and coffee and the ability to dance salsa, samba and Flamenco, a it was a natural fit for Flavia to lead the Little Havana Cultural Tour.  Flavia is fully immersed in the neighborhood and has a thumb on the pulse on the Cuban  social, economic, and politic veins as it impacts greater Miami.

Come join us for an educational and enlightening cultural tour of Little Havana with Flavia and Christine!

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