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ann tomsho May 03, 2015 at 04:53 PM

A hint: I wished I had brought my small pocket-sized videocam as there are several musical/dance performances I would have liked to capture more of than I could get on iPhone or point & shoot. If you have a little one, take it - you won't be sorrry


Chris Coleman May 03, 2015 at 01:28 PM

I appreciate the comments on heat. If it took two days for clothing to dry it must be humid?
I have a question about bugs, particularly mosquitoes. Did you encounter these little nasties near the Bay of Pigs or elsewhere?
John Dickens May 03, 2015 at 01:51 PM

We did not have any problems with mosquitos at all, we were preparedwith a spray but never had it out of the luggage. Yes, it was very humid, a small towel in my backpack came it very handy just to wipe my face.
Rena Sonshine May 03, 2015 at 02:08 PM

I found it less humid than I feared, and light weight clothing is best. I pack a few hangars and clothespins. At the Nacional, you have an interior bathroom so it takes longer for things to dry. In Cienfuegos there's a balcony so things dried more quickly. I am usually a bug magnet but didn't need protection in early April.
ann tomsho May 03, 2015 at 02:34 PM

there are hair dryers both hotels...could use to speed drying of hand laundered clothes...


John Dickens May 03, 2015 at 01:15 PM

We are just back (4/21-28) and it was soooo hot. I did not take enough clothes, especially blouses. Needed to shower twice daily. It took at least 2 days for hand laundry to dry. Even so, it was an exciting adventure and we loved it.


John Dickens May 03, 2015 at 01:15 PM

We are just back (4/21-28) and it was soooo hot. I did not take enough clothes, especially blouses. Needed to shower twice daily. It took at least 2 days for hand laundry to dry. Even so, it was an exciting adventure and we loved it.


Joan Radigan May 01, 2015 at 07:19 PM

Does anyone have suggestions for what kind of cloths to take. We're trying to travel light. We don't want to take unnecessary items but we don't want to be without needed items either - - obviously!
Rena Sonshine May 01, 2015 at 08:45 PM

Whatever you take, if you can wash it yourself but wait 2 days for it to dry you'll be fine. Bring an overshirt layer for air conditioning, and a sunhat. You won't need a voltage converter if your equipment is fairly new, and all the outlets we encountered had two regular prongs. Look at your chargers to be sure they say they can use 110-240. It is a wonderful trip!
ann tomsho May 01, 2015 at 09:40 PM

Joan - it will be HOT. I don't usually wear skirts all that much at home but think they are cooler (and less touristy than shorts). Took 3 knee-length skirts, one pair light wt slacks, tops, lt wt sweater, swimsuit (I was the only person on our trip to vernture into Bay of Pigs) and sandals. I always travel very lightly. Recharged iPhone (used as camera, not phone) in outlet in bathroom both hotels. No converter needed those outlets. Sunhat or umbrella. Enjoy - it's a wonderful tour, friendly people, marvelous food.
Walter Weeks May 02, 2015 at 12:38 AM

Wear shorts and golf shirts, bathing suit, buy a hat for 2,50, Men wore pants for dinner.
Joan Radigan May 05, 2015 at 10:13 AM

Thank you all for the very helpful comments!


Barbara Rice Apr 30, 2015 at 06:41 PM

The travel insurance info states the following about trip delay. However, read carefully. It only repays $200 per day. The delay consequences are going to cost more than $200 and you have already put out far more for the purchase of the insurance.

"[-] You are delayed going to or returning home from your program
These days, with increasing frequency, air travel is impacted by weather or mechanical problems. The resulting delays could not only delay your arrival to the program but cause you to incur additional expenses while catching up to the program. The Travel Delay/Missed Connection benefit will reimburse you for additional expenses you incur to catch up to the program, including transportation, accommodation and meal expenses"

Bonnie House May 01, 2015 at 12:53 AM

Here's my thought on buying the travel insurance recommended by Rhodes Scholar. I was primarily interested in coverage in event of illness at the last minute and loosing the entire cost of the trip. I wasn't concerned at the amount they pay for daily delays along the way. I didn't think that was important to me because the trip is barely outside the US. I would have considered that if it had been an overseas trip. I'm glad I bought it as it gave me some peace of mind.
Walter Weeks May 02, 2015 at 12:36 AM

Don't buy it and stop worrying It will be fine
Walter Weeks May 02, 2015 at 12:36 AM

Don't buy it and stop worrying It will be fine


Barbara Rice Apr 30, 2015 at 06:35 PM

Well, I am still trying to get questions answered about the travel insurance. I was promised this morning that a copy of the master policy today would be emailed to me. It is 6:30 and I have not received. I really am wary of how a claim would be handled by this company if ever needed.
Walter Weeks May 01, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Did you get it yet? When?
Barbara Rice May 01, 2015 at 07:08 PM

No, it was not provided. I give up on this company


Jacki Annes Apr 30, 2015 at 02:15 PM

still looking for people on Cuba trip 5/12? anyone from calif.?
Ellen Duvall Apr 30, 2015 at 08:41 PM

We're on the May 12 trip, but we're from Missouri. See you in Miami.
Karen Walter May 04, 2015 at 06:12 PM

This is Bill Walter-there are 3 of us from CA. Myself from Pasadena, my son from Simi Valley & my brother from Mammoth Lakes. Also my brother from Nebraska.


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