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Paula Galland Jan 31, 2015 at 07:18 PM

Just finished Waiting for Snow in Havana. Wonderful read but changed my outlook a bit.


Paula Galland Jan 31, 2015 at 07:10 PM

Cigar time....my sons, of course, want a Cuban cigar. Those who are traveling now,please update us on this. I know they are expensive but have no idea what or where to purchase.
Douglas Cummings Jan 31, 2015 at 07:19 PM

Douglas Cummings Jan 31, 2015 at 07:22 PM

Try "Cohiba" cigars. They are available at the hotels. I took the trip last year but didn't have the nerve to try bringing any back.
Paula Galland Jan 31, 2015 at 07:24 PM

We get to bring $100 worth back now. 1 cigar or so? Would love to hear any recommendations or tips you might have for the trip.
Douglas Cummings Jan 31, 2015 at 11:11 PM

As I recall excellent cigars (I'm no expert) like Cohiba were about $20 (equvalent in CUCs) each. No recommendations or tips, just be flexible and enjoy. You'll love it.
Jan Wolfe Feb 01, 2015 at 12:52 AM

I just returned and Cohiba were about 9 CUC. The fat ones are robusta and medium are something like sigolo. You can get them at the hotel. Don't buy off the street because it's probably a fake


Premium Email Subscriber Jan 29, 2015 at 06:21 PM

I'd like to meet anyone going on the Feb.24 trip to Cuba. I guess the tour is full. I'll be traveling by myself. This is my second RS trip.
Jean Jan 30, 2015 at 11:30 AM

I, too, will be traveling solo on this very trip. It's my third with RS & so far the groups have been friendly & fun. I'm from western NYS. Where will you be coming from?


Dorothy Jackson Jan 27, 2015 at 02:24 PM

Since we'll be staying in "casa particulares" in Cienfuegos, I wonder if it would be appropriate to bring a hostess gift? If so, what would be recommended? I address this question to previous travelers and to RS group leaders. Thanks.
Paula Galland Jan 27, 2015 at 05:51 PM

When are you going, Dorothy? Our Feb 10th group is staying in a hotel.
Dorothy Jackson Jan 27, 2015 at 08:14 PM

February 1.
Jan Wolfe Jan 31, 2015 at 05:22 PM

Absolutely! All appreciate tokens of gratitude. When I was there last April, we did not stay in casa particulares, but we met Pachi and Lia at Casa Cofradia. They're delightful musicians and would probably appreciate some CDs or a flashdrive with music. For them in particular: Lena Horne, Miles Davis, George Benson, Chick Corea, Tuck and Patti, Woody Herman
Dorothy Jackson Jan 31, 2015 at 08:48 PM

Great idea. Unfortunately, I leave at the crack of dawn tomorrow, and unless I can buy something at the airport, I'm out of luck. Maybe someone on the next trip can follow your advice.


Dorothy Jackson Jan 23, 2015 at 05:11 PM

I recommend this new book, published 2014: "Back Channel to Cuba: the Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana," by William LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh. Tells about both open and covert attempts to reach accord over the last 50 years. If you don't have time to read it all, the last chapter lists lessons we should have learned from past dialogues that can guide future ones. Chapter on Obama is eye-opening.


Lynne Geary Jan 21, 2015 at 03:52 PM

Sorry. I meant "food".
Dorothy Jackson Jan 23, 2015 at 04:51 PM

No one goes to Cuba for their culinary delights. Lots of rice and beans, I've read. Someone suggested bringing your own spices, but I don't think I'll go that far. Drink bottled water.


Lynne Geary Jan 21, 2015 at 03:52 PM

Any advice about the rood?


Paula Galland Jan 21, 2015 at 08:11 AM

Any recent returnees? Do you think a cash donation would be better than random items or no? If no, I'm thinking something for the dancers. Leotards? Adult or children size?
Dorothy Jackson Jan 21, 2015 at 04:10 PM

I think leotards would be very much appreciated, in children's sizes for ages 5 through 13. I was able to get dance slippers on line through a discount dance supply company. Looks to be good quality at good prices. They currently have a sale on children's leotards for about $10.
Paula Galland Jan 21, 2015 at 04:46 PM

Leotards and tights purchased. Thanks for the input.


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