Book Review and Giveaway Cubicle to Cuba

Title: Cubicle to Cuba: Desk Job to Dream Job
Author: Heidi Siefkas
Genre: Travelogue
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon

In this introspective travelogue, author, speaker and adventurer Heidi Siefkas shares her transition out of the corporate world’s Cubicle Land to life on the road in Cuba and beyond. Heidi highlights another side of Cuba as well as perspective gained from years of travel to the once-forbidden island. Along the way, she seizes opportunities for adventure in Kauai, Italy, Peru, New Zealand, Australia, and other far-flung places, but always returning to Cuba for more.

Not unlike her previous books When All Balls Drop and With New Eyes, Heidi tells this story with a good dose of sass and humor in her signature down-to-earth vignettes.

Cubicle to Cuba will teach you about Cuba, but it will also inspire you to think outside the cubicle, travel more, and embark on your own Life 2.0 full of adventure.

Before reading Cubicle to Cuba, I already knew I was going to enjoy this book, considering I’d loved the author’s first two books: When All Balls Drop, and With New Eyes: The Power of Perspective. Heidi has a down-to-earth, humorous, sassy writing style that makes me read her books at record speed, and Cubicle to Cuba was no different.

As the title states, the book begins with Heidi sitting behind her desk (well, no, in the opening pages she’s drinking mojitos in Cuba, but then we move back in time and she’s behind her desk), in what she calls “Cubicle Land”, a rather accurate term. While her job sounds at least somewhat enjoyable (not as horrendous as I had feared it would be from the title), it’s still not her dream job. Working for a start-up is stressful, with directions being changed overnight at the whim of managers and the president, and when a new job opportunity arrives, Heidi goes for it. Even if the job is set in Cuba.

I’ve never been Cuba, and I never really had any interest in going. It’s just not on my list – not like New Zealand is, or Italy is, or Greece, or Egypt, or lots of other countries. But now I’ve read this book, I’ve seen a whole new side to Cuba, and it does spark my interest. I can understand why Heidi keeps coming back for more.

The chapters are short, making this a quick but enjoyable read, and as usual, I enjoyed the author’s humor and clever writing style. And I’d have to say that from all her books I’ve read so far, this is my favorite.

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