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Carolyn Hayek Feb 10, 2016 at 06:42 PM

I'm scheduled for the Mar 1 Miami tour. Anyone else participating?


Marvel Haynes Feb 10, 2016 at 05:30 PM

I am on the February 23rd trip and I would like to go on the "All About Miami Tour" that is in our information packet. No one else has signed up and he wont do a tour for less that 4 people. Is anyone else considering it?
Roslyn Lang Feb 10, 2016 at 05:47 PM

Unfortunately, I didn't know about the tour before I bought my ticket to Miami, so am arriving too late to join it.
Ronda Stevens Feb 10, 2016 at 05:56 PM

We are spending about a week in the area first, so will be doing some tours prior to that day. I tried to book with that company for tours before he 23rd but he logistics didn't work out for us. I hope you get to do it. We didn't want to pack it in on the same day as our gathering.
Barbara R Carter Feb 10, 2016 at 07:57 PM

The concierge desk at the hotel helped us with a tour that takes fewer than 4 people. Done by a Cuban man who knows the area and does a great tour. He is cheaper too.


Nicki Hamilton Feb 10, 2016 at 04:00 PM

Yes Barbara. At someone else's suggestion on this site I did get a sport seat and it was fantastic! Great when standing around. Was especially helpful on round cobblestones. Even got me an early board on a plane.


Barbara Murphy Feb 10, 2016 at 02:55 PM

Has anyone used a "cane-seat" or "sport seat" on the trip? The kind with a little seat that folds up and can be used as a walking stick also?


Barbara Murphy Feb 10, 2016 at 12:15 PM

We're on the April 26 to May 4 People and Society trip. We're coming in from Ann Arbor a day or so early.
Is anyone else on this trip?


Ronda Stevens Feb 05, 2016 at 12:48 PM

Great tips, thatk you Catherine.
A couple of topics:
Friends we know who recently traveled to Cuba said they exchanged US Dolloars for Euros with their local bank before they left. While in Cuba, they could trade Euros for local money without the surcharges put on Dollars. Has anyone else heard that or done that?
Also, Rick Steves, who runs an excellent tour company focused on 'Europe, has just been to Cuba. Google his blog or Facebook for his excellent report of his experience. He also champions travel as a cultural experience.
Barbara R Carter Feb 05, 2016 at 02:04 PM

You would probably pay a charge to change dollars to Euros at the bank...so that doesn't make a lot of sense to me. They take Canadian dollars in Cuba also. I had Euros from a trip to Europe so I didn't pay anything to change them in Cuba.
Ronda Stevens Feb 06, 2016 at 10:41 AM

Our bank did not charge us to exchange to Euros.
Etta Walker Feb 08, 2016 at 10:43 PM

The exchange rate at the Hotel Nacional for US dollars was .87, the exchange rate for Canadian dollars was .68. We were there in January. We had brought Canadian dollars. It seems the US dollar is one to one exchange with Cuban CUC minus 13% charge. The Canadain is tied to the global exchange market and Canadian dollars are down right now. Okay, you get a good Us to Canadian rate., but...you do the math.
Ronda Stevens Feb 08, 2016 at 11:03 PM

Yeah, it gets tricky. But it does sound like we can avoid that 13% charge if we take Euros. And we didn't have to pay a fee for that exchange. At our local bank. Thanks for your post.


Catherine Hurst Feb 05, 2016 at 12:26 PM

Just got back from Cuba and had a couple of suggestions re donations. If you're going to the English language bookstore they REALLY want good condition English books, preferably classics, or other high quality books. (No junk fiction!) They also want condoms--they keep a basket by the door and give them away.

I also carried little matchbox cars with me and gave them away to little boys (and one girl) in Cienfuegos. They were a HUGE hit, and I wished I'd brought more. Also in the province towns (not in Havana) there were people asking for soap, so keep a bar or two in your bag when you go out for the day.
Roslyn Lang Feb 05, 2016 at 12:40 PM

Thanks for the good ideas. Is the English language bookstore part of the tour, or is it something one has to get to on one's own?
Catherine Hurst Feb 05, 2016 at 03:04 PM

It was part of our People and Society tour; I think RS goes there pretty regularly.


Linda Osborn Feb 01, 2016 at 07:30 AM

Hi, My name is Linda Osborn and I'm going on the Cuba Today: People and Society
Program: 20437
Mar 15, 2016 - Mar 23, 2016. Looking to connect with my others going on this trip.


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