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Barbara Fredricksen Nov 18, 2014 at 01:28 PM

I'm going (solo) on the Dec. 9 trip. Anyone else out there making that one? I'm flying down to Miami on Dec. 8 to rest up for the coming adventure.
Richard Hannegan Nov 18, 2014 at 01:43 PM

Sorry...January trip here.


Lorna Gerry Nov 16, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I'm also going on December 2, with my friend Ilene, from Los Angeles. Does anyone know if the Hotel Nacional has tourist maps of Havana? If not, I'll buy one here. Thanks.
Richard Hannegan Nov 16, 2014 at 01:00 PM

I don't recall, but you'd probably be better served if you looked on Amazon (maybe) and got your material ahead of time. There are a number of extremely good guides to the entire island, not just Habana.
Lorna Gerry Nov 16, 2014 at 01:07 PM

Thanks, Richard. Is there one that you recommend?
Richard Hannegan Nov 16, 2014 at 01:34 PM

Lonely Planet is good, and up-to-date. http://www.amazon.com/Lonely-Planet-Cuba-Travel-Guide/dp/1742204228/ref=zg_bs_16893_1
Kira Dirlik Nov 17, 2014 at 12:25 PM

The maps included in that final booklet from Road Scholar are also good. In addition, you will be really busy with the planned events with the group. In the last 2 trips I've taken, I found I didn't really have time to read the materials I brought with me.


Rena Sonshine Nov 15, 2014 at 11:45 PM

I'm going on the 4/7 trip, coming from California. First question: I have a Virgin Mobile flip phone, which won't work since it doesn't roam or accept a SIM. But will it receive any signal so that I can use it as an alarm clock? Next, about cash: A neighbor generally has Euros around. Won't I do better exchanging Euros than USD (10 plus 3 percent surcharge)? Finally, is there a way to obtain tix for Buena Vista Social Club in advance? I'm a fan. Thanks!
Sharon Moya Nov 15, 2014 at 11:52 PM

Don't know about the phone. Euros are worth bringing as the exchan Gevrate is better. Buying the tickets early is risky. We had tickets, and they cancelled the performance the evening before. You should have no trouble getting them there.
Rena Sonshine Nov 16, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Thanks, Sharon. My neighbor is going to Paris in January and again in July, so she'll have them on hand and I can just pay for what I use. I'm sorry to hear your tix were cancelled. I'll follow your advice!
Kira Dirlik Nov 16, 2014 at 08:06 AM

I just came back. No problem buying the Buena Vista Social Club tickets. They sell them in the Hotel Nacional where we stayed, and the performance is also right there in the hotel. It's a great show !


Marcus Nevarez Nov 05, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Going on the Nov 9 trip. Any Calif people going on this one? Should be a fun trip.


Joan Engelhaupt Nov 01, 2014 at 07:54 PM

I sent a postcard home in February of 2013 and it did get through, but it took a loooong time. On the other hand, I don't think any correspondence I sent from the U.S. to Cuba ever got through.
John Hilton Nov 01, 2014 at 08:32 PM

It has been a few years now but I had no difficulties sending or receiving. On separate occasions I sent boxes of art supplies to the "colony" which were received in exchange I was sent handwritten thank you's. I don't remember how long it took but no issues.


Kira Dirlik Nov 01, 2014 at 07:34 PM

May be a silly question, but can we send postcards to friends in the USA from Cuba? Or is this part of the "trading with the enemy" thing?
Douglas Cummings Nov 01, 2014 at 07:44 PM

It's not part of the embargo, but my understanding is it may take a month or so for your postcard to get there. It routes through Mexico and who knows where else. I didn't even try. Making phone calls was difficult enough.
Rita Fahrner Nov 01, 2014 at 07:54 PM

It took 3 months for the postcards I sent to get to their destinations, but they did get there!
Kira Dirlik Nov 01, 2014 at 08:14 PM

I may send a few, just for the fun of it.
Rita Fahrner Nov 01, 2014 at 08:18 PM

Exactly what I did.
Richard Hannegan Nov 16, 2014 at 01:02 PM

75 centavos postage each as I recall.
Kira Dirlik Nov 17, 2014 at 12:27 PM

They put stamps on my cards where I bought them. Only sent 3. We shall see.


Ilene Feinstein Oct 30, 2014 at 06:41 PM

Ilene Feinstein.
My friend and I are on the December 2 trip. Very excited about this new adventure. Anyone else on this trip?
Sue Hobbs Nov 16, 2014 at 07:49 AM

Ilene, I didn't see your post before. We are on December 2nd trip. Coming from AZ.
Ilene Feinstein Nov 16, 2014 at 08:04 AM

Hi sue, were coming from Los Angeles. Looking forward to meeting you. Any hot tips? I'm already putting aside a myriad of toiletries to bring for them and me!
Sue Hobbs Nov 16, 2014 at 01:07 PM

Sorry, no hot tips. I'm really excited too. I also have a couple bags of toiletries.
Sue Hobbs Nov 16, 2014 at 01:08 PM

I've heard pens, pencils, tablets and art supplies are good too.


Nancy Bump Oct 20, 2014 at 06:37 PM

can we bring low dose aspirin and ibuprofen into Cuba as donations.
Kira Dirlik Oct 21, 2014 at 09:02 AM

I am still pondering what to bring. Have any folks who have already been there actually asked Cuban people what they would like us to bring?
Sharon Moya Oct 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM

You can bring anything almost, and it will definitely be needed.Baby clothes were particularly appreciated (senior center people have grandchildren). Personal hygiene items seemed to be in short supply (shampoo, toothpaste, etc.). Art supplies for the art school, and any other school supplies could be used in the two schools you visit.
Kira Dirlik Oct 29, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I ended up getting a backpack full of notebooks, pencils, etc. for kids, with colorful covers etc., and a bunch of travel sized nice soaps, nail care kits, socks. I'm looking forward to Tuesday !


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