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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

Marianne Ham Apr 15, 2015 at 05:56 PM

How about we all now talk about some of the terrific things people did on their program or are expecting. I have a great story ....I buy my soap from a woman and her mother who make handmade soaps and they are wonderful! I remembered that she often has scraps and sells them so I asked her if she would donate some to me. I saw her at the Farmer's market last weekend and she handed me a bag of about 20 pieces of soap ...not scraps ...but pieces that she would ordinarily sell. They are worth about $50 total. What a nice gesture. Next week I go to my dermatologist for my annual body scan and will take a bunch of those nice little samples that are always in her office. Also got some great fabric at Jo-Ann's fabric store ....remnants that were marked down to begin with and then 50% off of that. Fabric was one of the things they mentioned for one of our visits. Marianne
Susan Sandler Apr 15, 2015 at 06:22 PM

Speaking about donations.....I have recently read two articles about onations which were inter
Susan Sandler Apr 15, 2015 at 06:26 PM

Ignore the above post......I hit the wrong button.....
Marianne Ham Apr 15, 2015 at 07:33 PM

Barbara Rice Apr 15, 2015 at 01:28 PM

My doctor gave me a prescription for Cipro to take with me in case it is needed.
Susan Sandler Apr 15, 2015 at 01:33 PM

To Nancy...when I was in Africa, I was very careful about what I ate and drank......I still got a stomach upset which didn't last more than a day or two.......A very seasoned older woman ( even older than me) told me that when you shower, you should turn your back to the water and put a washcloth over your face to avoid water getting into nose, moutth , eyes......I think this was wise advice just to be on the safe side.....
Susan Sandler Apr 15, 2015 at 01:34 PM

I also take Cipro with me ....just in case.
Pamela Hazard Apr 15, 2015 at 02:23 PM

I would suggest filling your prescriptions before you go. Cuba doesn't have the same drugs readily available. I'm at risk for sinus infections so before I go on any trip out of the country I fill a prescription of Zithromax for sinus infections, Ciprofloxin for Gastrointestinal infections (ecoli) and Xifaxin for diarrhea. If I don't use them, I save them for the next trip. There's nothing worse than being sick on vacation then having to get on a plane! If you do decide to just take an RX make sure your doctor writes the generic or Latin name on the prescription as different countries use different names for Branded Drugs. Our embargo and Cuba's finances have limited their access to many medicine. The doctors are known for great compassionate care but in a pinch I would rather have what I know works for me.
Barbara Rice Apr 15, 2015 at 02:28 PM

We are experienced travelers. The Cipro is already filled plus multiple others just in case we need them.

Nancy Clark Apr 15, 2015 at 11:23 AM

Thanks for your replies. Yes, I read the RS trip packet - the advice about using tap water for brushing teeth is what prompted my question. We received the same advice in Cozumel - and we followed it carefully - but still got sick. So now I'm wary about brushing my teeth with water that's not considered safe to drink.

I'm not concerned about minor upsets that can be remedied by Pepto Bismol, Immodium, or baking soda. But I need to avoid water-borne parasites like giardia (or others) that cause infections that have more serious consequences.

So, it's good to know that RS travelers have not experienced these problems in Cuba. Thanks!

Marianne Ham Apr 15, 2015 at 09:50 AM

Thanks Elizabeth ....I have noticed in the past when I've visited Mexico, Central America, etc. that climate, sun and just the overall change can often cause a little upset. That's why Pepto Bismol is recommended as something to bring. I also carry a little bit of baking soda ....an old fashioned remedy that can be used for upset stomachs, brushing teeth, rinsing mouth, put on a small cut or bruise, etc. A couple of teaspoons in a small plastic container is all that's needed. It's always in my travel kit.
Elizabeth Ramadass Apr 15, 2015 at 09:57 AM

I tried Pepto Bismol unsuccessfully. Fortunately, I had some imodium in my travel kit. That worked. I also carry a thermometer. My stomach upset included a fever of 101.

Marianne Ham Apr 15, 2015 at 09:44 AM

I would really recommend reading the trip packet from RS. All of your questions are answered in the packet and more. RS recommends we do not drink water ...but it's ok to brush teeth, bathe, etc. They provide 2 bottles per day for each participant ...a very common thing for tours. They also talk about the and keep in mind that most of our meals will be with the group in places where RS has been taking people week after week. If a lot of people got sick then they would no longer use that venue. Also our group leader is an EXPERT in Cuba. I think I mentioned that I'm a Group Leader for RS in Phila and believe me ...we know our cities. So rather than be concerned in advance why not read the material and let RS lead the way. Also I believe they mentioned something about eating in the hotels because many large hotels filter water. Sometimes when someone gets sick on a trip there are other factors involved such as eating from street trucks and in restaurants not recommended.

So relax and enjoy and let RS do the work.
Marianne Ham
Elizabeth Ramadass Apr 15, 2015 at 09:45 AM

Road Scholar buys plenty of clean water for you to drink so you don't need to carry your water filtration system. Several of us had a 24 hour intestinal upset. I think I got mine from eating a salad at a community center. But it didn't last long. Nobody got really sick.
Elizabeth Ramadass Apr 15, 2015 at 09:48 AM

In addition to the two bottles of water that you get on the bus, the restaurants all have pure drinking water and most of them give you three free drinks. I usually got two cocktails and one bottle of water.

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