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Program #20437RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
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Kathleen Wright Apr 22, 2014 at 04:20 PM

For those who have gone on a trip to Cuba, are shorts and/or jeans appropriate dress during the day.
Deirdre Mc Kee Apr 22, 2014 at 04:39 PM

Yes they are. Of course, not too short of a short.
Deirdre Mc Kee Apr 22, 2014 at 04:40 PM

One thought. Jeans could be too warm. It was fairly warm in December when I went.
Tsiporah Gottlieb Apr 22, 2014 at 05:40 PM

Whatever you feel comfy in. It is warm.......hot. Most women wore capris, skirts orphans
Tsiporah Gottlieb Apr 22, 2014 at 05:41 PM

Or pants!


Stanley Conrad Apr 22, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Cuba is experiencing a serious shortage of condoms at present. They're cheap, light-weight, and don't take up much of any luggage space. So, please think about taking a bunch along to donate. http://tinyurl.com/nyfsc6d


Dena Abramowitz Apr 20, 2014 at 12:19 AM

If anybody from the January 6 trip is reading this, and if you took a picture of Jay playing bongos with the band on our last night there, could you please forward it to me? And to everyone else - never go anywhere without your camera!


Jennifer McDowell Apr 19, 2014 at 07:59 PM

I was planning to bring a bunch of reading glasses with me for the elderly--would that be a useful item?
Deirdre Mc Kee Apr 20, 2014 at 06:43 AM

I went in December and I think glasses would be a wonderful idea!
Jennifer McDowell Apr 20, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Thanks, Deirdre. I switched from magnifying readers to prescription, and still have the old ones all over the house(because I could never find a pair when i need them!). I also have a bunch of working(but not brand new) pens, markers and pencils. Useful?
Deirdre Mc Kee Apr 20, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Just about anything is useful. Toothpaste and aspirin are good ideas as well. You will be shown only one poor family, but much of Cuba is in great need.
Susan Kaufman Apr 20, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Not sure what the 'poor family' was, but we really didn't visit elderly people in any setting. The senior center we saw had retired professionals. Art stuff is VERY useful for the students you'll meet. I also brought dance stuff -- tights/leotards--kid sizes. Over-the-counter things like toothpaste , shampoo are good. I brought sample sizes.


Jan Wolfe Apr 19, 2014 at 01:05 PM

I just returned from this fabulous trip! It is a life changer, and you will fall in love with the Cuban people. Next time (and there WILL be a next time), I would pack more donations and simply pay the over 44 pounds charge. These people have so very little, and everything helps. Even if people might have the money to purchase items, those items often aren't available - for example, toothpaste seems to be in short supply right now. Some things not listed in the materials which would be helpful would be latex gloves, sheet music (the adult choir in Cienfuegos would like some religious music by Mendelsohn or Verdi), guitar strings, dance attire, feminine hygiene products. Don't forget your own toilet paper, alcohol or alcohol wipes, facial wipes, extra Ziploc bags, hand sanitizer, and your flexibility cap. Also, an extension cord comes in handy. You might also want to do a few extra squats before you go - many toilets don't have seats - but don't worry because any inconveniences will pale in comparison to the enormous joy you will experience in Cuba.
Jan Wolfe Apr 19, 2014 at 01:11 PM

P.S. If you're going to the english bookstore, Cuba Libro, this was an April 13 post on their Facebook page: Are you coming to Havana? We're in desperate need of teas for our ever-popular iced tea. Peach, mango, wild berry are in the highest demand and not readily available on the island. (please no black tea: CL regular Bill Collins brought us a giant box last visit). Complimentary coffee for donors!!


Linda Berman Apr 18, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Hi, My name is Linda and I am signed up to go on the Cuba trip on 4/22. I just wanted to reach out to my trip partners before we meet in Miami. Is there anyone interested in meeting for breakfast on the 22?
Linda Berman
Jennifer McDowell Apr 19, 2014 at 07:58 PM

Hi Linda, I'm coming in from Pittsburgh eve on 21st. Staying at same hotel as group. Jennifer
Linda Berman Apr 20, 2014 at 05:55 PM

Hi Jennifer-Would you like to join me for breakkfast/brunch @ the hotel. Look me up and call my room if iyou are agreeable.
Linda Berman Apr 20, 2014 at 05:57 PM

Jennifer McDowell Apr 21, 2014 at 02:35 PM

Linda--I hope to go out for an early run(if there is anywhere to run near the airport--yuck!). But will try to contact you this evening to see about breakfast. I think I get in about 8pm.
Toni Tracy Apr 21, 2014 at 07:26 PM

Linda and Jennifer... My husband and I arrived yesterday (we're downtown having dinner and drinks) if you're still interested in company for breakfast give us a call :-)


Freida McDuffie Apr 12, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Anyone going on the May 13th Cuba trip (program 20437) & would like to introduce yourself? I'm from Charleston SC and my room mate is from Columbia SC. Just curious what parts of the US will be represented


Freida McDuffie Apr 03, 2014 at 08:02 PM

Thanks...I had to call RS today with some other questions and asked about that...was told all that was settled and we are good to go in May.


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