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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.


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.


Dorothy Jackson Jan 17, 2015 at 05:13 PM

Our itinerary includes a rehearsal by a modern dance group -- are they with the National Schools of Art? I watched a terrific documentary on DVD called "Unfinished Spaces: Cuba's Architecture of Revolution" about the schools.


Paula Galland Jan 17, 2015 at 07:29 AM

I'll be traveling on the Feb. 10th trip beginning in Havana. Need some advice about dress. Did you group dress up a bit in the evenings? How cool did it get walking around after dinner? ty
Gwen Mayberry-White Jan 17, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Great question! Can't wait to see if you get any replies!
Barbara Fredricksen Jan 17, 2015 at 01:18 PM

I went in December. We never dressed differently from day to evening- same jeans and tops. It was quite cool, so I highly recommend a jacket or sweater for day and evening and warm Jammie's for nights. I live near Tampa, just up the road from Cuba, and our February days and nights can get quite chilly.
Dorothy Jackson Jan 17, 2015 at 05:06 PM

Keep checking weather.com and/or accuweather.com for latest forecasts. Cienfuegos has been running several degrees warmer than Havana.
Stuart Dawson Jan 18, 2015 at 10:53 AM

Get conflicting advice re jeans. Some say never in evening. And do men ever need neck tie ?
Stuart Dawson Jan 18, 2015 at 10:54 AM

And will an umbrella suffice or do we need poncho/raincoat?
Paula Galland Jan 18, 2015 at 11:19 AM

Thank you all for advice. I'm taking umbrella, sweater, light jacket and fleece vest. So much for packing light :-)
Cindy Jennings Jan 21, 2015 at 07:52 AM

I'm on the January 27 trip. Have been checking the weather in Havana every day. Highs around 80 Lowe's around 60. I live in a cold climate so it's hard to imagine 60 being chilly! But thanks for the advice.
Lorna Gerry Jan 21, 2015 at 11:36 AM

I was also there in December, but not in Barbara's group. No one dressed for dinner in our group either. I chose to wear some nice black jeans and a nicer top when we returned to the hotel with time to change before dinner. Many evenings we went straight to dinner from our afternoon activity. It's not necessary to dress differently in the evening. I don't think I ever saw a man wearing a tie. Regarding rain, it did rain several times for a brief time. For me, having a lightweight water resistant jacket with a hood in my purse worked better than carrying an umbrella. There were a few cool evenings when I was glad that I had brought a sweater and a warm vest. We also had a few very warm days. Layering works well. You will have a fabulous time!


Carol O Jan 16, 2015 at 12:40 AM

I am considering a mid-Sep 2015 program but am concerned about weather, i.e. rainy season, hurricane season. Any suggestions? Past experiences? Only alternative would be to wait until March 2016.
Barbara Fredricksen Jan 16, 2015 at 09:51 AM

I've lived in the Tampa Bay Area for 30 years. September is the busiest month for hurricanes, though we've had some killers in June and some messy ones in January. I think any time Mid November through mid May is ,pretty safe from hurricanes. Though with this crazy climate change , you never can tell.
Carol O Jan 16, 2015 at 02:16 PM

Hello Barbara, Good advise. I think Cuba will wait until early 2016. Plenty of time to plan.


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