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Chris Coleman Apr 17, 2015 at 01:59 PM

We are arriving in MIA a day early for the May 18 tour. I can't seem to find the link to the Miami tour suggested. Can anyone provide this please? We would probably take the tour on the 19th and just play on the beach and walk around South Beach on the 18th with a stop for dinner. Anyone else game for either day?
John Apr 17, 2015 at 02:14 PM

Chris, the Miami tour is www.allaboutmiamitours.com. The phone number is 305-576-2888. He already has a few Roads Scholars signed up for his May 19th tour. He will pick at the hotel and have up back in time for the evening festivities.
Chris Coleman Apr 17, 2015 at 06:57 PM

Thanks john. I put a call into him.

vicki morrison Apr 16, 2015 at 03:06 PM

Anyone on the April 26 tour going to do the tour of Miami ?

John Apr 16, 2015 at 01:41 PM

Chris, I am mailing Coner the Rolling Stone Rock n Roll encyl., the Fitzgerald short stories, letter from the Birmingham Jail, Future Shock, Howl, Huck Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, and several issues of the New Yorker.

I look forward to meeting you on the 19th
Chris Coleman Apr 16, 2015 at 03:43 PM

Thanks John. I have Junot Diaz and Obama and will see what else I can find. I'll also send along some more recent prize winners that aren't mysteries.
John Apr 17, 2015 at 01:52 PM

Chris, I just returned from the Post Office to mail my books to Conner. I hope you have better luck. Six pounds of books would require $52,00 in postage. I will just pack them and pay the excess baggage fee. Much cheaper.
Chris Coleman Apr 17, 2015 at 01:56 PM

Whoa! We'll figure out something else as well. We watched the documentary "Fidel" last night as well as "Our Man In Havana." Netflix and Amazon streaming. Really enjoyed both.
John Apr 17, 2015 at 02:17 PM

Conan O'Brian was in Havana in early March. Watch the broadcast as we will see many of the same places.
Christine Jensen Apr 17, 2015 at 04:05 PM

I have the complete work of Poe and will bring some of the recommended magazines. I will also look for some Steinbeck. I'm on the May 5th-12th trip.
John Apr 17, 2015 at 06:13 PM

Christine, The Moon Is Down might be an inspiring story to take.
Christine Jensen Apr 17, 2015 at 08:08 PM

I'll look for that, I was also thinking Travels with Charley

Lynne Geary Apr 16, 2015 at 09:41 AM

What are "listening devices"?
Barbara Rice Apr 16, 2015 at 09:47 AM

That is when the tour guide talks into a microphone and everyone in the group wears a headset to listen to what the guide is saying. You see large tour groups in cities using these and often bicycle tours. I hate them. Will not take a tour that uses them .
Helen Sternheim Apr 16, 2015 at 03:19 PM

Listening devices work very well, RS uses little earpieces that go in the left ear. They enable you to hear your tour guide and not disturb other people. They have a good range so you can be a distance away from the presenter and still hear what is being said. These days most tours use listening devices.
Barbara Rice Apr 16, 2015 at 03:46 PM

I am sorry, but I have to disagree with you. My husband and I travel extensively. This is a very poor way to communicate. Takes away from the enjoyment of the trip. Yes, we have used what you describe as fine equipment, too. Not impressed. I would never book a tour that uses the listening devices. If I can not be near enough to my tour guide to personally hear and talk to him or her, I do not want to be there. I guess that is why we normally use personal guides when we travel.
Helen Sternheim Apr 16, 2015 at 04:15 PM

If you are traveling with a group they work well. If yu are hiring your personal tour guide it might be different. If there are many tourists in the same location with several tour guides the listening devices allow you to hear your guide and not the other guides
Barbara Rice Apr 16, 2015 at 04:32 PM

No, they don't work well in a group. And, a personal guide doesn't ever need a listening device. They give their clients their personal undivided attention. You can have a pleasant learning dialogue. When a group uses listening devices, there is always someone in the group who can't figure out how to use it or it comes disconnected or whatever and you have to stop and take time to fidget with it. I see groups all the time being lead around like little ducklings with a tour guide at the head reciting a script into a microphone. I feel sorry for them. Would not do it.

Elaine Disalvo Apr 11, 2015 at 10:54 AM

Elaine asks: is it easy to find a toilet when out on an excursion? Thanks
Karen Apr 11, 2015 at 04:03 PM

Hi Elaine: Finding bathrooms was never a problem, but quality varied from the pristine/modern to college dive bar equivalent. Do bring TP, handiwipes, and hand sanitizer. Always have 25 cent CUCs to tip the attendants. In general, the paladars had excellent facilities (Wow! What exquisite Spanish tile!). On the other hand, museums, rest stops, and tourist areas had various types of facilities. In the town squares, we sometimes went into local bars to use the bathrooms. Be prepared to tip for entry, no toilet seats (squat), no toilet paper (except the small triangle the attendant might give you), no flushing (TP goes in the trash can, the attendant brings a bucket of water to flush), no running water (use your wipes/sanitizer), and no paper towels or hand dryers. That said, no problem! It’s all part of the experience of another culture. :) ¿ Also, the thoroughly modern tour bus also had a bathroom on board, but I don’t know if anyone ever used it.
Ann Baker Apr 12, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Great summary. Yes, finding toilets is not the issue, cleanliness is.

Rita Stainton Apr 10, 2015 at 12:22 PM

I'm on the May 5 Cuba trip. Anybody else from the Bay Area besides me & Norma?
Rita Stainton

Rita Stainton Apr 10, 2015 at 12:22 PM

I'm on the May 5 Cuba trip. Anybody else from the Bay Area besides me & Norma?
Rita Stainton

MARTHA CERMAK Apr 09, 2015 at 03:02 PM

Taking my first RS adventure - Cuba 2/09/16 - 2/17/16.....anyone from bay area going?

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