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Beverly Peress Mar 26, 2015 at 03:00 PM

Any singles traveling on the April 28 trip who might want to correspond before the trip?

Lynne Geary Mar 26, 2015 at 02:42 PM

Can you flush toilet paper in Cuba?
Kathryn Bowers Mar 26, 2015 at 02:44 PM

Nope. TP is deposited in a trash can in each stall that is provided for that purpose.
Dorothy Jackson Mar 26, 2015 at 03:02 PM

No toilet seats in public bathrooms either; practice your squatting skills.
Marc Weiss Mar 26, 2015 at 06:06 PM

Hotels no problem - elsewhere often no flushing!

Barbara R Carter Mar 16, 2015 at 12:01 PM

What about donations when visiting the Tomas Terry Theater?? Anyone know about this?

Barbara R Carter Mar 16, 2015 at 10:21 AM

A note about the visit to the English book store in Havana says to see the discussion board about "donations" for this activity. What does this mean? When visiting the Jewish community we brought donation of things as well as money.
Margaret Siegel Mar 16, 2015 at 10:27 AM

Cuba Libro book store welcomes American magazines, such as The New Yorker. so bring what you can and they will be treasured by the customers at the book store.
Barbara R Carter Mar 16, 2015 at 10:31 AM

Thanks Margaret Siegel.
Marc Weiss Mar 16, 2015 at 11:03 AM

Cuba Libro Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cubalibroHAV. Lots of interesting infromation.
Barbara R Carter Mar 16, 2015 at 11:37 AM

Thanks Marc Weiss!!

Beverly Peress Mar 14, 2015 at 10:08 PM

Regarding safe water intake: I really like mojitos but wonder about drinking them in Cuba. should I ask for no ice; is the ice in bars made from filtered water?
Marc Weiss Mar 14, 2015 at 10:34 PM

Drank all the mojitos offered and then some as did everyone else - no ill effects!
Beverly Peress Mar 14, 2015 at 10:44 PM

Good news. Thanks!
Dorothy Jackson Mar 15, 2015 at 02:56 PM

We were told that bars and restaurants use filtered water for ice.
Beverly Peress Mar 15, 2015 at 09:19 PM

Thanks. I will indulge.

Ellen Duvall Mar 14, 2015 at 06:27 PM

Curious about import restrictions, I found this on the government site: "travelers are authorized to acquire in Cuba and import as accompanied baggage into the United States merchandise with a value not to exceed $400 per person, provided that no more than $100 of the merchandise consists of alcohol or tobacco products and the merchandise is imported for personal use only".

Also, several posts comment about the tight scheduling. The agreement with Cuba requires that the schedule be "full time" related to people-to-people interactions. As far as I could tell, general touring is not permitted.
Dorothy Jackson Mar 14, 2015 at 08:28 PM

You're right on all counts. The limits are US restrictions, related to our embargo. Canandians, among others, have been visiting Cuba for many years, with no restrictions. They rent a Kia at the airport and go wherever they want.
Dorothy Jackson Mar 14, 2015 at 08:31 PM

On the other hand, folks from our RS group in February went to evening performances in Havana and in Cienfuegos. One couple opted out of a day's activities to shop for art work on their own. Worked out fine.
Richard Hannegan Mar 15, 2015 at 08:27 AM

You do have some free time, so its not 100% structured.

vicki morrison Mar 13, 2015 at 10:20 AM

When will we be receiving the forms for Cuban Visa > Our trip is April 28th -May 6.
Dorothy Jackson Mar 13, 2015 at 12:22 PM

Call Road Scholar. You should have received the forms from RS and sent in your visa info by now.
Rena Sonshine Mar 13, 2015 at 02:21 PM

The blank form is in your registration packet, available for download too. I understood we are given our visas in Miami.
Kathryn Bowers Mar 26, 2015 at 02:48 PM

That's right. The visas are handed out at the Orientation session in Miami.

Joseph Staples Mar 08, 2015 at 08:08 PM

My wife and I, Suzanne Morin and Jeff Staples, participated in Program 20437--Cuba Today: People and Society. Our wonderful guides were Louis Bideau and Ilan and our driver was Fred. They looked out for each of us; for example they ensured that my meals were all gluten-free. We heard a Capella groups, saw dance groups, listened to engaging lectures, met warm friendly Cuban people. And the people in our group were great fun.
Rena Sonshine Mar 14, 2015 at 07:20 PM

Did you return recently? I'm wondering whether the high exchange penalty on US$ still applies. I've got Euros I can bring in addition or instead. Did you exchange any CUCs for CUPs, and could you shop in the local stores with CUPs?
Barbara R Carter Mar 15, 2015 at 02:32 PM

I was in Cuba in Feb and was told very firmly by the bank employee at the hotel that the best exchange rate is for American dollars.
Rena Sonshine Mar 15, 2015 at 09:34 PM

The literature I read said there was a 10 percent penalty on US$. Perhaps that went away with the new, more relaxed relations?
Barbara R Carter Mar 16, 2015 at 09:44 AM

I read that before I went also,Rena Sonshine, but the rate was better there. When we were on the way to the airport to leave our tour guide took our CUCs and exchanged them 1-for1 American dollars.

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