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Linda Lord Mar 29, 2015 at 02:09 PM

Hi, Is anyone going on the May 18th trip? I'm new to RS and travelling alone. I'm really excited, especially for the music. Appreciate any tips on things you wish you had taken or definitely should take.

Barb Protass Mar 28, 2015 at 05:15 PM

The new TIME magazine, April 6, 2015 cover article "Cuba-What will change when the Americans arrive" by Karl Vick. Haven't read it as yet but glancing thru so far the photos are terrific. Might be of interest.
Susan Sandler Mar 28, 2015 at 05:56 PM

Thanks, Barb....I will pick it up.

Susan Sandler Mar 28, 2015 at 03:14 PM

I will be going on the April 22 trip.....I will be solo and have a single occupancy room....anybody going on this date?

Anita Ramundo Mar 27, 2015 at 04:21 PM

I am a newbie with RS. My first trip is Cuba leaving from Miami May 7. Doing this solo any female traveler looking for a room mate? I enjoy Cuban music, food and literature looking forward to this adventure.

Marianne Ham Mar 26, 2015 at 07:01 PM

Hadn't thought to ask this but is anyone from the Philadelphia area going on the May 11 trip? Also ..Pamela ..thank you for the insight and especially the tip on renting a car/driver. I don't get the sense that wandering around on our own is that great an idea and after reading itinerary I'm actually more excited about what we are doing as a group and the access to the various artists, musicians, dancers, etc.
Terry Heller Mar 26, 2015 at 07:04 PM

No need to hire a car and driver. If you want to ride around you hire one of the old car taxis. It's fun. You really don't have very much free time.

Marilyn Faklis Ruiz Mar 26, 2015 at 12:51 PM

Greetings and thank you, Marianne, for your comments, as well as suggestions from previous travelers. I will be on the RS trip that leaves May 11 and am looking forward to meeting fellow travelers.
Madeline Rude Mar 26, 2015 at 07:54 PM

I am also looking forward to this trip. I have loved all of the RS trips I've taken. Met the most congenial people and always had a good time. Look forward to meeting you Marilyn. I'm going to Miami the day before and have made my reservation at the hotel thru RS for the extra day.
Marilyn Faklis Ruiz Mar 27, 2015 at 07:56 AM

Though traveled independently, this is my first trip with RS. I will be in Miami the day/night of our return and plan to quickly take in Miami on May 20. As a note, I am leaving from Chicago; it will be a pleasure to meet!
Madeline Rude Mar 29, 2015 at 12:49 PM

I have checked out the On Cuba magazine website and it's very interesting. Check it out

Pamela Hazard Mar 24, 2015 at 08:25 PM

I went in May of last year. The weather was warm and muggy by So. Calif. Standards. Dress is casual most of the time--nothing too fancy needed. Never felt bedbugs or saw a lot of bugs in general. Never experienced air conditioning except on the bus. Though people are poor and things are run down, I felt like places were clean relatively speaking.The person making your bed at a hotel may also have a college degree since education is free. Unless things have changed significantly, you will still be under US rules that extremely limit your free time to wander. The only time anyone didn't join us is when someone got the flu. We got one night to go out on our own but we had to choose from a list of Paladars. Four of us rented a Pink Ford Convertible Cab that took us to dinner and for a drive along The Malecon. The Concierge man at our Paladar had a PhD in Psychology. He considered working in a Paladar as his primary job because he got tips, and made $38./month as a psychologist--not an unusual circumstance as you will see.

Paper products are scarce so take Kleenex, some Toilet paper and writing paper.
You will have a wonderful time and you are going at a very interesting time with the changes ahead.
Jeffrey Hamann Mar 26, 2015 at 10:53 AM

Thank You Pamela for your useful and common sense suggestions.

Marianne Ham Mar 24, 2015 at 06:34 PM

So far no one has come forward who is going on May 11. One of the visits we have in our schedules is a lunch with On Cuba magazine. I've been looking up web sites of the various artists, etc. who we'll be meeting ...much more informative then a guide book. Read some of the articles in On Cuba before you go ...gives you a real taste of the situation. As for bugs ...I started thinking about bed bugs and then I decided to stop thinking! We are going to be in a city so I'm not expecting bugs to be flying around much and if they do a little lavender oil will do the trick ...that way you don't need to carry bug spray and the lavender can be used for other things.

People there are very poor and I get the sense that the less "dressed" we look the better. However, my plan is to bring a light sweater and maybe some shawls in case we are in air conditioned places and it's cool ...but again, I know the restaurants (Paladar's) are more like "private homes". I would say based on the itinerary that we are doing a lot and keep in mind that time there may not be as tight as time in the US. So we may not have much extra time to wander unless we skip a part of the program. I find with the RS groups that I lead in Phila that often people will want to go back to a museum or somewhere we've already been so that's an option for free time.
Terry Heller Mar 24, 2015 at 07:40 PM

I brought bug spray but only used it when we were on the farm. Our RS guide also had some with her. I highy recommend that you contact our guide, Vivian, as she is extremely knowledgable and has done this trip many times. I wore both a light jacket and shawl You do not have a lot of time to wonder and Vivian made it very clear that we could not skip any programs.
Terry Heller Mar 24, 2015 at 07:41 PM

Sorry, Vivian was our Cuban guide. Lana is our RS guide.

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