Jan. 21: Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela answers questions during a news conference in Managua.
Sept. 10, 2008: Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza smiles during the Miss Venezuela 2008 beauty pageant in Caracas.
Reigning Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza caused more than a few jaws to drop when she described her recent tour of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as "a lot of fun" and a "relaxing, calm, beautiful place," Reuters reported Tuesday.
The Venezuelan 22-year-old visited the U.S. naval facility, where approximately 240 detainees are held, from March 20-25 with Miss USA Crystle Stewart, 27.
After her USO-organized tour of the prison camp for foreign terrorists, Dayana wrote in a blog entry posted on the Miss Universe Web site that she had an "incredible experience."
"It was a loooot of fun!" Mendoza wrote of her time at the camp, a prison surrounded by barbed-wire fence and minefields. She wrote that she went to a bar on the naval base and visited the "unbelievable" beach, Reuters reported.
President Obama set a one-year deadline for shutting the prison, which has been embroiled in accusations of torture and prisoner abuse.
"We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the(y) recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting," Mendoza wrote of Gitmo. "I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful."
The USO had billed Mendoza's and Stewart's trip as a deployment to Guantanamo where they would boost U.S. troops' morale.