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Pat Kosters Oct 09, 2015 at 11:19 AM

I'm going on this trip Feb 19-March 6. What's the credit card situation? Can we use them or do we need cash only?
Nan Schaller Oct 09, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Cash only unless things have dramaticly changed since Apr. 2015.

Barbara Fredricksen Sep 30, 2015 at 01:30 PM

Is there a tour starting Dec. 21? Mine ends Dec. 21. And exactly what does the arts school need?
Walter Bankes Sep 30, 2015 at 05:52 PM

Barbara, please scroll down to the Sept, 25 and 26 posts I wrote below. To really find out what is needed there you will have do email a teacher at JULIOCRUZ(ATsIgn)nauta.cu And in order to pull that off you must be able to read and write Spanish - Google translate does not do a good enough job for that - we tried that to no avail. Also you may want to look at the pictures I have posted from our art school post - use this link: https://plus.google.com/117276493536442539625/posts/B4kJz96jcXP -- you are in for a good trip - enjoy
Nan Schaller Sep 30, 2015 at 07:04 PM

It is my feeling that the art school can use any good art supplies you can provide, such as good drawing pencils, sharpeners, erasers, oil paints, good water color paper, paints. They use everything and are very talented high schoolers. They have to be competing for just 25 positions. If you have some good art books they wouldn't go amiss either. Be sure to click on the photo on Walt's google+ page above to see examples or their work. Enjoy your trip!

Zev Dafner Sep 30, 2015 at 12:29 PM

Sorry I meant Dec. 21.

Zev Dafner Sep 30, 2015 at 12:27 PM

Anyone going on Jan. 21?

Coyla Rankin Sep 29, 2015 at 04:43 PM

Any other participants on the Jan 22-Feb 6 trip? More suggestions of things to donate would be appreciated. Pencils/paper will be coming with me.
Dorothy Jackson Sep 29, 2015 at 05:04 PM

Hi, Coyla. Would you be interested in taking a few books to the Cuba Libro bookstore? I bought quite a few books at my library book sale and am looking for volunteers to take a few in their suitcase. Mailing is really expensive and takes a long time too. There's such a great need that Cuba Libro is filling so well. If so, contact me at dmjackson5@comcast.net to send your US Mail address. Thanks!

Robert Rowe Sep 28, 2015 at 10:35 AM

What should I do about my cell phone? Are you able to call the US? Is Wi-Fi available at most stops? Do they have google?
John Cubit Sep 28, 2015 at 12:44 PM

LOL! Because of the long-standing U.S. sanctions, Cuba has been cut off from these services that you are used to in the U.S. However, thanks to the recent advances in U.S.-Cuban relations, services are improving. I've heard that Verizon is now offering some connectivity, but at exorbitant costs. Be sure to check very carefully before you try to use your phone, only to be shocked at your wireless bill. When I was there two years ago, we were able to rent internet time on some hotel computers, but that was all that we had available. I'd recommend checking with Road Scholar and the hotels to see what's new in these rapidly improving times as the U.S. lifts sanctions on Cuba.
Nan Schaller Sep 28, 2015 at 01:26 PM

We were there in March and it was the same. I only tried using the internet at our last hotel; it was pricy and the keyboard is different (special keys) which ran up what should have been a 2 minute venture to over a half-hour and $20 or so.

Walter Bankes Sep 25, 2015 at 11:58 PM

Suggestion for donations to take to Santiago, Cuba:
We traveled there in March 2015.
We visited a magnet high school for fine arts. (Your itinerary, and ours, stated "school for the performing arts" which is incorrect.).
It is a four year coed secondary school that concentrates on fine arts and includes math, science, and humanities, too.
They have 25 faculty and only 25 students because they do not have the supplies to support more so they limit the number of freshmen selected from the list of applicants.
Walter Bankes Sep 26, 2015 at 12:00 AM

If you are able to correspond in Spanish, you may email this teacher to get better details about what is needed.
Walter Bankes Sep 26, 2015 at 12:23 AM

Walter Bankes Sep 26, 2015 at 12:23 AM

He asked us for books on letragrafia. We interpreted that as design of fonts, posters, etc. So when we got home we purchased some books and are trying to get them to him.
Walter Bankes Sep 26, 2015 at 12:24 AM

I have a Mac laptop that has graphics programs on it and it is old. I could have given it to them if I had known before we travelled - that is another suggestion that you might consider if you have an old laptop around. Be aware that they have no internet connections.
Walter Bankes Sep 26, 2015 at 12:24 AM

Here is a link to some pictures I took at the school: https://plus.google.com/117276493536442539625/posts/B4kJz96jcXP
Walter Bankes Sep 26, 2015 at 12:25 AM

Sorry about this disjointed message. But I think the RoadScholar server is having trouble.

Barbara Wright Sep 25, 2015 at 11:15 PM

I went on the 2015 Feb trip and have posted this before but think it's worth updating. I remember at the art school, we saw students passing around a stub of an eraser and sharing pencils. those are very small items that can fit into the corners of your suitcases. I also emptied my sewing basket and bathroom drawers of items I knew I would never use - excess material, packages of needles, sewing kits from hotels, and other hotel amenities. And as many spiral ring notebooks as you can carry. The children at the King's Ranch school had used every line of every page, front and back. And so proud of their work! And again, using stubs of pencils. ENjoy your trip!

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