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Robert Rowe Feb 14, 2016 at 03:57 PM

Am leaving in March on the Cuba trip.
What were the top 2 or 3 items that were most appreciated by Cubans given to them by members on the trip?
Dorothy Jackson Feb 14, 2016 at 04:23 PM

A traveler posted this on the People and Society discussion board, and I think all are excellent. She says [my comments in brackets]: "I spent a lot of time reading and thinking about this before I went; here is what I ended up bringing. Batteries, hair elastics and barrettes, colored pens, crayons, thumb drives, baseballs, sponges [pop-up sponges from Trader Joe's are great], hand towels, band-aids (plain and fancy), and alcohol wipes." She also mentioned "a good quality paperback book or two and condoms (both for the [Cuba Libro] bookstore which requests these items), Hot Wheels cars -- apparently there are very few toys in Cuba). And soaps (bar or liquid)."
Deborah Malbec Feb 14, 2016 at 04:23 PM

The gifts are distributed by the tour leader - you do not even know who they go to and you get no feedback.

Walter Bankes Feb 13, 2016 at 08:17 AM

Here is a link to the English edition of HAVANA TIMES.
This link also talks about a useful contribution that is requested by the TIMES for old laptops.
Walter Bankes Feb 13, 2016 at 08:24 AM

If you take an old laptop, please consider giving it to the school that you will probably visit in Santiago de Cuba.

Ellen Goldberg Feb 10, 2016 at 03:18 PM

Pat, I apologize for not writing sooner. I, too, am single and will be on the trip to Cuba Feb. 19.
Pat Kosters Feb 10, 2016 at 08:32 PM

I'm will be flying via Chicago to Miami from NW Iowa where I just shoveled out again this morning. So you can guess that I will be more than ready for this trip to Cuba. BTW I am scheduled to arrive late into Miami around 7 PM on the 19th so will miss the intro. See you next week...

Linda Lindert Feb 05, 2016 at 10:37 AM

We went a year ago. One man got quite sick (he was sick when he arrived in Miami) and was taken to the hospital during our trip. Guide went with him. Got excellent treatment although little privacy. Exam, antibiotics all provided in one hour. No cost.
We all used hand sanitizer all the time! There is little opportunity to wash your hands after using any bathroom. I carried small bars of soap with me and many elderly women were begging for soap outside the hotels.

Yes, it was a fantastic trip. As for phone usage, we had to call to find out about a new grandchild. That was a challenge and we finally were able to make a connection using a manager's phone in a hotel. Otherwise, we had no contact with family or the U.S. while we were there for the two weeks. It may have changed, but somehow I doubt it. Internet never worked in any of the hotels. Relax and enjoy it! In some ways it was a relief.

Lynn Geisler Feb 05, 2016 at 10:27 AM

My husband and I were on the same Cuba trip as Linda Field. We were of course concerned about getting sick but we were very careful to either wash or use hand sanitizers regularly. We did not get any shots. I threw out one toothbrush after accidentally washing it with tap water. I carried disposable toothbrushes with me as well as an extra toothbrush so I was fine.
The quality and quantity of food was excellent and although at first I was hesitant about eating raw fruits and vegetables, I was fine after eating them.
We only took carry on luggage and backpacks and had more stuff then we needed. At one hotel, a maid did some of our laundry for a very reasonable fee or else we hand washed. Those hair dryers work well on clothes too!
It was a fantastic trip! Road Scholar did a great job and we were so fortunate to have a terrific tour director - Betty - and an extremely knowledgeable and fantastic local guide - Jose Luis as well as a driver who was cautious and got us everywhere on time and safely.
Deborah Malbec Feb 14, 2016 at 04:38 PM

There are no vaccinations recommended by the CDC. I used tap water to brush my teeth - just did not swallow the water. I did not get sick. We were told that the water is sanitary but contains overly high mineral levels and that is why drinking it is not suggested. I did buy extra drinking water - not at the hotels but at local shops - it was very inexpensive. I always carry my own re-usable water bottle so that I can buy large sized water but carry only moderate size.

Linda Field Feb 05, 2016 at 10:08 AM

When I travel I bring my big fluffy pillow along, so I always use a full size suitcase. I knew I might be over the weight limit, so I brought along extra cash to pay any fees. Our tour director explained that the check in & luggage weigh in can vary from group to group. Sometimes they weigh both the checked bag & the carry one, sometimes only the checked bag. Sometimes they really watch the weight of individual bags, sometimes they seem to do an overall weight of the group's bags. They must have been doing the latter for our group, because my bag was slightly over the limit, but I was not charged for the extra weight. HOWEVER, I did see someone in a nearby line paying the clerk. Most of the people in our group had regular check in bags & a regulation size carry on bag. We flew 737s both ways, so the overhead compartments were big enough to handle the carry ons. I brought back 2 bottles of rum & a bottle of guava liqueur in my checked luggage & would suggest investing in the reusable wine-bottle-shaped bubble wrap bags sold in many liquor stores. I bought them & they worked really well. The bottle of liqueur leaked a little, but the liquid stayed sealed in the bag & didn't get any of my other belongings wet.

Linda Field Feb 05, 2016 at 09:55 AM

While on the Jan. 15-30 Inside Cuba trip 3 members of our group of 23 experienced some medical issues. One had a fever & chills on the first full day of the trip, so I think that was picked up in the States. One had a really bad head cold almost at the end of the trip. And the third got food poisoning. In each case a doctor was called to the hotel & each person received excellent treatment & was able to rejoin the group after a day of rest. The cost for each 'house call' was around $30-35 CUCs, payable in cash. None of these illnesses spread through our group. We were all VERY diligent about using hand sanitizer. Our tour director had a huge bottle sitting at the entrance to our bus & reminded us to keep using it. We all also carried our own small bottles of hand sanitizer gel or Wet Ones wipes & used them frequently. I did not get any vaccines for the trip, but had already done the Hepatitis shots in 2013 for a trip to China. I also draped a hand towel over the faucet in the hotel sink each day so that I didn't accidentally use tap water to either brush my teeth or to rinse my toothbrush.

Pat Kosters Feb 04, 2016 at 10:45 AM

Just talked with my Canadian daughter who travels to Jamaica and Cuba frequently. She suggested taking DUKORAL vaccine to prevent diarrhea (Cholera). This vaccine is not available in US. Anyone taking it or know about this??
Ellen Goldberg Feb 10, 2016 at 03:12 PM

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