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Marianne Ham Apr 18, 2015 at 07:41 PM

Thank you Susan ...I see no reason why what you read would not be true ...it sounds very viable as the hotel workers probably make more than anyone else. People there need money and I can see them selling things. Since RS does so many programs in Cuba and works with so many organizations there I'm sure they know exactly what to do and how to do it. One of the big advantages of traveling with RS. They know what they are doing! Marianne

Marianne Ham Apr 18, 2015 at 06:41 PM

Susan: Your post on the articles you read about donations did not come thru in it's entirety. Can you re-send as it seemed to be interesting. Marianne
Susan Sandler Apr 18, 2015 at 07:04 PM

Yes, Marianne: The main thrust of the articles was that the donations should be given to the organization leader who will know of the places that are most in need........it pointed out that the workers at the hotels receive an enormous amount of gifts from tourists and are , in fact, nowhere near as needy as many many others...I have no way to verify the truth of what has been stated in the articles , but they implied that some of the workers accumulate some much product that they can sell things......In our information packets, I believe it was stated that our leader will collect our donations at the beginning of the program...and distribute the items to the needy.

Marianne Ham Apr 18, 2015 at 06:40 PM

I did forget about exchanging money but I've also known (even in Western Europe)that sometimes they will not take large bills ...even at banks or exchanges. I also think that I remember reading that artists will often take US dollars when selling things and that may be because artists are free to travel back and forth to the US for performances, etc. and they probably would like getting US dollars. I don't know this but I wondered if there are "street" vendors ...I ran into this in Peru and often they actually wanted the US dollar ...so that's why I just plan to be flexible. To me it doesn't matter how many bills so that's why I plan a mix. Marianne
Stephanie Buffum Apr 18, 2015 at 07:06 PM

Thank you, Marianne.

Marianne Ham Apr 18, 2015 at 05:12 PM

When I went to the Ukraine a few years back they told us to bring cash in small bills and clean bills ...no writing on them and they shouldn't look too old. They pretty much said the same thing in our pre program info in terms of type of bill. However, I would never bring hundreds or fifties ...we have a hard enough time cashing them here let alone another country. For me it's better to have smaller bills ...10, 5, 1 ...that I can separate on my person and just "show" a few at the time when paying for something. That's my take on it ..Marianne
Susan Sandler Apr 18, 2015 at 05:57 PM

I don't think that we will be using US money to pay for anything in Cuba....We will need to change our currency for Cuban currency to use while in Cuba........I like to stick to twenty dollar bills .....I will take some single dollar bills just in case.
Stephanie Buffum Apr 18, 2015 at 06:54 PM

Thank you, Susan.

Stephanie Buffum Apr 18, 2015 at 04:43 PM

I know we need to bring cash but do they need to be 20s or can we get 100s cashed?

Nancy Clark Apr 18, 2015 at 07:58 AM

I will bring a 2-yard piece of nice rayon fabric that I purchased to make a blouse. I'm also planning to buy some other items from the List of Suggested Donations, such as coloring books and markers for the kids.

I'm looking forward to the entire itinerary, and especially listening to the music and talking with the performers and artists!

Bill Fischer Apr 17, 2015 at 10:48 PM

We are looking forward to the Cuba trip May 18-26. I may bring some violin spand guitar strings slightly used. My brother is premiering his opera during that time at the Biennale. It's called "Revolution of Forms". You can check it out at the this link:

Anita Ramundo Apr 16, 2015 at 10:36 PM

I am bringing sewing supplies- needles, thread, pins, elastic. I also plans to bring some art supplies drawing paper, drawing pencils and color pencils.
Kathleen Cottingham Apr 17, 2015 at 11:26 AM

Kathy, I live in Highlands Ranch in a retirement community but have done a number of

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8 nights of accommodations
21 meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
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7 Field trips
14 Hands-on experiences
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