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Richard Hannegan Dec 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM

To the folks who have recently returned via the Havana Airport......is the food at the airport snack bar still limited to coffee and Cuban sandwiches as it was when I was there two years ago? Would we be better getting a box lunch from the Nacional snack bar????


Valerie Allen Dec 21, 2014 at 05:49 AM

I am curious whether many/most people got vaccines prior to this trip despite no requirement. Can anyone give a thought on that?
Deirdre Mc Kee Dec 21, 2014 at 06:32 AM

I went a year ago. No need for vaccines
Cindy Jennings Dec 21, 2014 at 06:50 AM

Valerie, you should definitely see your doctor and ask his or her opinion on this. I had hepatitis A at the beginning of this year prior to going to Costa Rica. I have just completed Todd forward for my ry 27
Cindy Jennings Dec 21, 2014 at 06:53 AM

That should say typhoid for Jan 27 trip. She also prescribed Cipro to carry with me for traveler's diarrhea.
Cindy Jennings Dec 21, 2014 at 06:56 AM

Read Sue's post below too. But see your doc and read all on Cdc websit.
Linda Milligan Dec 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

I checked the CDC site for Cuba. It has a lot of good information. Since I have traveled widely I have most of the shots one would need and those are current. Having Cipro for travels's diarrhea is a very good idea.
Lorna Gerry Dec 21, 2014 at 01:38 PM

I returned on December 10 and saw my Dr. before going. His opinion was that no shots were necessary, as long as I was in areas frequented by tourists. He said it might be different if I would be staying in a private home off the beaten path. My traveling companion's Dr. suggested several shots, including a tetanus booster. So, you may want to check with your Dr. for advice.


Sue Hobbs Dec 19, 2014 at 03:59 PM

We just returned from Cuba on 12/10. My husband and I got a bad case of food poisoning but we still enjoyed the trip emmensely. We think we got it from the restaurant the day we had lunch on our own. I thought it was called Cappucino, but I don't see it listed anywhere. We were the only two that ate there and the only two that got sick the next day. Thankfully the hotel nurse and Dr took good care of us. So maybe that day eat at the Hotel Ambos Mundo. The cafe we ate at was close to the square.

Another tip....keep your bag stocked with pens to give away. Several times I was stopped by locals who asked me if I had a pen for them. Luckily I did have a few pens in my purse.

And have extra cash on hand just in case you do get sick. The meds were free but cost us a $20 roundtrip cab fare twice for them to get them from the pharmacy.

And go and enjoy this wonderful trip!
Cindy Jennings Dec 19, 2014 at 07:24 PM

Sue, Thanks for sharing your experience! I'd be interested in knowing if you had Hepatitis A vaccination. If I understood my doc, she thinks this will protect me from food poisoning.
Sue Hobbs Dec 19, 2014 at 07:42 PM

We actually did get Hep A vaccine and also Typhoid.


Barbara Fredricksen Dec 19, 2014 at 02:22 PM

I just got back from this trip on Dec. 17. My advice: If you're going before mid-March, take some warm clothing and a warm nightie and sleep sox. The hotels are great, but there's not heat, only a/c. The food is delicious at every restaurant, and the people are beautiful. Our Road Scholar guide was brilliant - he was a walking history lesson and could answer any question we could ask. The schedule is crammed with activities, and you get lots of chances to talk with people in the city squares and in their homes. Wander up and down some side streets and you can really get a feel for the place. I strongly suggest getting the packet of books and the map recommended in the RS book and reading them before you go. It really enhances the experience.


Diane Andrews Dec 17, 2014 at 07:44 PM

I am so excited about the news from President Obama but want to take the trip before Cuba becomes too commercial, as I expect it will once things change. My biggest concern is the walking and standing for long periods with bad feet and knees. Any suggestions from anyone who has been?
Marcus Nevarez Dec 18, 2014 at 01:41 AM

This tour is rated Active and you're expected to walk up to 2 miles. You might consider a 4 wheel walker.
Kira Dirlik Dec 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Someone in our group had a simple cane that had a seat on it. Whenever we stopped for talks, etc, he was sitting. If he sees this, maybe he could give some more details on it.
Sue Hobbs Dec 19, 2014 at 03:53 PM

I have trouble with my knees too. I was usually lagging behind the group but the tour leader always waited for me. I sat on ledges and steps when I could. The last night the tour leader got me a pedicab back to the hotel from dinner.


Jan Wolfe Dec 17, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Did you see this news today? http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/17/politics/cuba-alan-gross-deal/
"In an effort to boost the nascent Cuban private sector, the President will also allow expanded commercial sales and exports of goods and services to Cuba, particularly building materials for entrepreneurs and private residences, and allow greater business training, as well as permit greater communications hardware and services to go to the island.

Other announced changes permit U.S. and Cuban banks to build relationships and travelers to use credit and debit cards. U.S. travelers will be allowed to import up to $400 worth of goods from Cuba, including $100 in alcohol and tobacco -- even Cuban cigars. Remittances by Americans to their families back in Cuba will also be increased to approximately $2,000 per quarter"
Linda Milligan Dec 17, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Does this improvement/change mean we will be able to use our credit or debit cards on the January 6 trip?
Rena Sonshine Dec 17, 2014 at 01:20 PM

Perhaps, but I don't expect that the change will happen that quickly. The building that was the US interest is currently occupied, so it's conceivable we would oust that (Swiss maybe?) country and reclaim the property. I'm hopeful for April when I plan to go.


Lorna Gerry Dec 15, 2014 at 05:02 PM

I can't say what is "best", but when I spoke with someone at Road Scholar before my trip I was told the following: "In general, the following are always needed and appreciated: Summer weight clothing, pens, pencils, toothpaste, deodorant, batteries, small tools, fabric, sewing, knitting and crocheting supplies, latex gloves, adult diapers, English-Spanish Dictionaries, classic and modern literature in English, current newspapers and magazines, USB thumb drives, children’s toys, coloring books, markers, colored pencils, music stands, guitar strings, art supplies." I chose things that didn't weight too much or take up too much space in my suitcase which were cute socks for toddlers and young children, scrunchies for little girls pony tails, toothbrushes, dental floss, travel sized toothpaste and some pens. I know you will have a fabulous trip. I would say that my time there was even more than fabulous! The trip was everything that Road Scholar says it is and much, much more.


Lynn Sides Dec 15, 2014 at 04:08 PM

I am going on this trip in January. Any suggestions for the best items to bring for the donations.
Cindy Jennings Dec 15, 2014 at 06:20 PM

Are you on the Jan 27th trip?


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