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Elizabeth Augustine Feb 24, 2015 at 11:02 AM

I've just learned that the trip now includes meeting a baseball player. While this news does not do much for me (and leaves me wondering whether it was mandated by the Cuban government), I am planning to bring a used tee shirt or hat from our local team, which one of my friends has happily agreed to donate. If you are so moved, you might want to bring a baseball-related item from your local area.
Jeffrey Hamann Feb 25, 2015 at 05:48 PM

Thank You for that interesting suggestion. Will get some Milwaukee Brewers clothes.

Thomas Bruno Feb 20, 2015 at 02:28 PM

I just uploaded a 17 minute YouTube video with some travel tips for Cuba based on my observations from January 2015:


You may find it helpful. Those of you who have already been may disagree with my observations. So take it all with a grain of salt.
Eloise Mares Feb 20, 2015 at 05:17 PM

Tom, That was a great video. Thank you for doing that. We had a great group and our guides could not have been better. I think your comments were very accurate. I do think the food was not the reason one goes to Cuba but we did have a couple of exceptional meals. The dinner our first night at Hotel Nacional was delicious and the lunch at the farm was very special. Of course the mojitos were great everywhere.

Nancy Klein Feb 16, 2015 at 02:24 PM

Can you suggest specific items that we should bring to donate that would be useful to the people with whom we will interact, please. We are leaving for Cuba on Feb. 25th and return March 5th.
Dr. Nancy Klein
Thomas Bruno Feb 16, 2015 at 02:58 PM

We brought our items out to the bus one morning and they were all gathered together by the tour guide. We did not really witness the presentation of those items to the recipients. So I cannot comment on joy on anyone's faces, but many of us brought pens and pencils and colored markers and arts and craft items as well as bars of hotel soap and shampoos.
Elizabeth Augustine Feb 17, 2015 at 11:08 AM

Your program should provide some ideas. But you might consider aspirin, neosporin, bandaids, summer clothes, and women's underpants.

Jeffrey Hamann Feb 16, 2015 at 11:45 AM

I am traveling to Cuba April 6. I would like to know names of people, your state, and interests.
Anne Fitzgerald Feb 19, 2015 at 08:45 PM

I am going April 6 with Jack - we are from CT.
Jeffrey Hamann Feb 20, 2015 at 04:13 PM

I am going with Gayle. We are really looking forward to this trip.
Jeffrey Hamann Feb 20, 2015 at 04:15 PM

Can we change U.S. $ to Cuban in Miami?
Jeffrey Hamann Feb 20, 2015 at 04:17 PM

Jeff and Gayle are from Wisconsin and it is very cold here!!
Elizabeth Augustine Feb 25, 2015 at 01:23 PM

You change US $ to Cuban in Havana.

Elizabeth Augustine Feb 13, 2015 at 10:45 AM

I went on this trip two years ago and totally loved it. I'm taking the same trip in April! Of course many things about Cuba and about the trip have changed in the mean time. I'm so looking forward to going back.

Wind Vogel Feb 13, 2015 at 10:40 AM

I've been researching how the recent changes to the U.S. embargo of Cuba may affect our trip, and this is what I have learned so far: we will be allowed to bring back up to $400 worth of consumer goods which includes a maximum of $100 spent on liquor and cigars. Also, as of March 1st, MasterCard (both credit & debit) will be accepted.
Elizabeth Augustine Feb 13, 2015 at 10:44 AM

Wind - just because Mastercard will be accepted doesn't mean that most vendors will be set up to use it - I'd recommend bringing cash!
Wind Vogel Feb 13, 2015 at 11:07 AM

Yes, I definitely plan to bring cash.

Elizabeth Ramadass Feb 12, 2015 at 04:51 PM

Must you exchange all American money or can you buy some things with One dollar bills?
Thomas Bruno Feb 12, 2015 at 05:03 PM

Unlike my visit to Cuba in 2001, I did not see any United States dollars being used in general transactions in Cuba except in the departure lounge of the Havana airport. I did pay a taxi driver with convertible Cuban pesos and he gave me my change in euro coins, before I noticed what he had done. I was also approached by a toilet attendant who gave me three US paper dollars and asked me to please give her Cuban convertible pesos in exchange. They had been given to her as tip money but she did not want them.
Murray Bodin Feb 12, 2015 at 07:54 PM

It is impolite to use dollar bills as they cannot easily change them. Our trip was excellent.

Premium Email Subscriber Feb 07, 2015 at 01:32 AM

I am going on the Feb 23 trip. Any tips on what medical travel inusrance to buy?

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