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Vicki Cady Jan 24, 2015 at 10:02 AM

I am on the Cuba trip leaving Feb.13 - would love to blog with someone going on this trip. I am Catholic and concerned about mass availability.
Pat Thompson Jan 24, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Dear Vicki-I am not Catholic so not sure about daily masses but do know from online itinerary we visit El Cobre, pilgrimage site of Cuba's patron saint (day 6 on itinerary. You may be interested in the book In Cuba by the Nicaraguan priest Ernesto Cardenal (pub. 1974.) Cardenal is a priest-poet revolutionary and in the book he recounts his discussions of thr Church and revolution with Fidel. Fascinating. We heard Cardenal speak at the poetry festival in Nicaragua two years ago..Look forward to meeting you! ps still have not received final packet-have you?
Vicki Cady Jan 24, 2015 at 11:57 AM

Thanks Pat for the book recommendation. I am currently reading Cuba Rising and may not get time to read anything else. No, I have not received my final packet and have called twice about it. I was told they were mailed January 9 and to call back Friday, Jan. 24 if I had not received it yet. I called yesterday - seem to talk to someone different each time, and was told they would mail me another one. I have recently moved and afraid it wasn't forwarded, but seems from reading the blogs, no one has received theirs. I am a single woman, traveling with a neighbor and friend, but we are not rooming together. We each like our downtime alone! She has taken many RS trips. This is my first.
John Cubit Jan 25, 2015 at 12:14 AM

Vicki--You will be glad to know that Catholicism is alive and well in Cuba. Some Cubans have even combined it with African-derived religions, saints and all. Our Cuban guide was very knowledgeable on this issue and gave us a lot of information, which I found really interesting. --- John
Pat Thompson Jan 25, 2015 at 10:42 AM

Just had a dinner (Cuban) last night with 3 friends who had been to Cuba recently. They went to services, including santerîa. Lookign forward to this. ps my packet finally arrived yesterday albeit torn open and retaped. Curious.
Vicki Cady Jan 25, 2015 at 11:41 AM

My packet also arrived yesterday and also was torn open and resealed - the strings on the name tag were hanging out of the packet. Very curious. Mary Sue and I looked at coming in a day early but opted instead to take a 6 a.m. flight out of Wichita. It will be a long hard day but we didn't want the extra expense of an extra day in Miami.

Judy Dunahugh Jan 19, 2015 at 05:05 PM

I'm going on the February 20th trip and looking forward to meeting all of my fellow travelers. Are there any other solo travelers in the group?
Karen Nicely Jan 28, 2015 at 05:43 PM

Hello Judy, my friend Sally and I are singles on the Feb 20 Inside Cuba: An In-Depth Island Journey. We welcome you to join us for pre-program, free time and meals on own. Weather dependent in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, we should arrive at the DoubleTree around 1pm on Thursday Feb 19. Some plans - Feb 19 go to South Beach for dinner. Feb 20 morning reservation for Segway tour of South Beach. Feb 20 noon reservation for All About Miami tour in van. Karen

Marcia Miller Jan 19, 2015 at 11:01 AM

I'm going on the Feb. 6 trip, but arriving in Miami a day early, Feb. 5. Anyone else going on that trip and/or getting in the day before?

Pat Thompson Jan 17, 2015 at 10:12 AM

Has anyone on the Feb 13 trip received their final itinerary in mail? (I know it is online but requested one via snailmail.)
Gary Herse Jan 21, 2015 at 11:31 AM

We have not received ours yet. Should we be concerned?
Pat Thompson Jan 21, 2015 at 01:06 PM

When I called yesterday rep. said it shoudl have been mailed around the 9th. Maybe they are just running late.

Richard Hannegan Jan 15, 2015 at 01:33 PM

Before anyone gets too excited about it being legal to return to the US with $100 worth of cigars, you might want to take a look at this:

Susan Jones Jan 14, 2015 at 06:19 PM

Do most of the hotels have shampoo and soap or not? Info in final packet says they do but initial packet says not all. Thanks.
Araya Sol Jan 14, 2015 at 08:06 PM

I was on the trip in December. All the hotels we stayed in, including the home b'n'b, had shampoo and soap.
Miriam Kelm Jan 16, 2015 at 11:50 AM

Some of the soaps are teeny tiny. I always just take along a bath bar and facial soap. Shortages are unpredictable. One place we had the coffee pot and mugs. Period. I called down to inform that we had no coffee. The response was "We have no coffee." Was really glad I had my little Starbucks Via packets.

Doann Houghton-Alico Jan 09, 2015 at 02:12 PM

I'm going on the trip meeting in Miami on Feb 27, leaving the 28 for Cuba and would like to hear from others on that same trip. I have a blog on travel that some of you might be interested in: Doesn't include anything about Cuba yet :), but many other parts of the world.
Pat Thompson Jan 09, 2015 at 03:08 PM

Just took a quick look at your blog-wow! Wish we were on same trip as I'd love to meet you. Knossos and Sri Lanka are on my 'list.'
Miriam Kelm Jan 09, 2015 at 05:25 PM

I, too, went to your blog for a "quick look." That was an hour ago. I especially love the poetry. It was great to read of places I have been and see them again through your eyes. "The world is a book and he who stays home reads only one page." Found this on a pillow case in a shop in Denmark. a

doug Dorn Jan 09, 2015 at 01:44 PM

Are there particular goods that would be thoughtful to take to Cuba and give to people as we get acquainted? Sort of a goodwill item.
Gladys Gilliland Jan 09, 2015 at 02:26 PM

Yes, personal items like soap, toothpaste, etc are most welcome. Also rather than take things for younger children, take thingsfor teenager. You will visit some art classes. Buy some of their works. I bought some wonderful paitnings on cigar box tops. Wish I had gotten more.
Araya Sol Jan 14, 2015 at 08:10 PM

The Ballet company that we visited needs sewing supplies, i.e. fabric, scizzors, thread, etc. Leatherman - type tools are also valued. Arts and crafts supplies.
Gary Herse Jan 22, 2015 at 01:42 PM

Interesting article about gift-giving in Cuba.

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