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Alice Kuramoto Dec 25, 2014 at 02:13 PM

Hi Judy, I am going on Jan. 13th. I am traveling alone, and worried that we may have a major snowstorm that day. Today, we have 41 degrees in Milwaukee and no snow on the ground. So, we are due for a big dump of snow sometime soon. I will be traveling to Atlanta to Miami and will arrive there at 3:45 p.m.


Joan Engelhaupt Dec 24, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Oh, Judi--I hope I didn't scare you. I tend to be a bit of a neurotic worrier myself but I didn't mean to upset others. Just have a wonderful time in Cuba, as I did two years ago.


Joan Engelhaupt Dec 24, 2014 at 04:15 PM

Hi, Judi!

Better make sure Road Scholar knows the correct spelling of your name because they handle all your visa requirements, etc., and i can see it turning into some crazy bureaucratic nightmare if your visa is issued to a name that doesn't match your passport of other documents. Have a wonderful trip!
Judi Zipkin Dec 24, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Thanks, Joan! I did call once, and our bills are now coming in correctly, but the visas - that would be horrible! I will call again right after the holiday. Thank you for your really important tip.


Judi Zipkin Dec 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM

I wondered if anyone was going on the January 13th trip beginning in Cienfuegos? The comments from so many of you have been very helpful. My husband and I are very excited about the trip, and it seems to be perfect timing! Our last name is not spelled correctly - it is Zipkin.


Bonnie House Dec 22, 2014 at 01:02 AM

If you are going to Bay of Pigs I would recommend using a little insect repellant on the lower legs. I was on a November trip and got bitten by sand flies which are very itchy and last a couple of weeks before they heal. I thought I had mosquito bites but it wasn't until I returned home did I figure out what and where I got them. I don't think others were bothered by these, at least I didn't hear about it. Now I'm waiting for the purple marks/scars to go away.
Valerie Allen Dec 22, 2014 at 07:52 AM

Is this something we would need to bring from home? Thank you for the tip.
Sharon Moya Dec 25, 2014 at 12:55 AM

I brought insect repellent and never needed to use it, even at the Bat of Pigs. There are small cloths like for lens cleaners that you can eadily stick in your bag.
Sharon Moya Dec 25, 2014 at 12:56 AM

Sorry for all the errors--on a tablet.


Richard Hannegan Dec 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM

To the folks who have recently returned via the Havana Airport......is the food at the airport snack bar still limited to coffee and Cuban sandwiches as it was when I was there two years ago? Would we be better getting a box lunch from the Nacional snack bar????
Sharon Moya Dec 25, 2014 at 12:57 AM

Pretty much still coffe and sandwiches, but they were good.


Valerie Allen Dec 21, 2014 at 05:49 AM

I am curious whether many/most people got vaccines prior to this trip despite no requirement. Can anyone give a thought on that?
Deirdre Mc Kee Dec 21, 2014 at 06:32 AM

I went a year ago. No need for vaccines
Cindy Jennings Dec 21, 2014 at 06:50 AM

Valerie, you should definitely see your doctor and ask his or her opinion on this. I had hepatitis A at the beginning of this year prior to going to Costa Rica. I have just completed Todd forward for my ry 27
Cindy Jennings Dec 21, 2014 at 06:53 AM

That should say typhoid for Jan 27 trip. She also prescribed Cipro to carry with me for traveler's diarrhea.
Cindy Jennings Dec 21, 2014 at 06:56 AM

Read Sue's post below too. But see your doc and read all on Cdc websit.
Linda Milligan Dec 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

I checked the CDC site for Cuba. It has a lot of good information. Since I have traveled widely I have most of the shots one would need and those are current. Having Cipro for travels's diarrhea is a very good idea.
Lorna Gerry Dec 21, 2014 at 01:38 PM

I returned on December 10 and saw my Dr. before going. His opinion was that no shots were necessary, as long as I was in areas frequented by tourists. He said it might be different if I would be staying in a private home off the beaten path. My traveling companion's Dr. suggested several shots, including a tetanus booster. So, you may want to check with your Dr. for advice.


Sue Hobbs Dec 19, 2014 at 03:59 PM

We just returned from Cuba on 12/10. My husband and I got a bad case of food poisoning but we still enjoyed the trip emmensely. We think we got it from the restaurant the day we had lunch on our own. I thought it was called Cappucino, but I don't see it listed anywhere. We were the only two that ate there and the only two that got sick the next day. Thankfully the hotel nurse and Dr took good care of us. So maybe that day eat at the Hotel Ambos Mundo. The cafe we ate at was close to the square.

Another tip....keep your bag stocked with pens to give away. Several times I was stopped by locals who asked me if I had a pen for them. Luckily I did have a few pens in my purse.

And have extra cash on hand just in case you do get sick. The meds were free but cost us a $20 roundtrip cab fare twice for them to get them from the pharmacy.

And go and enjoy this wonderful trip!
Cindy Jennings Dec 19, 2014 at 07:24 PM

Sue, Thanks for sharing your experience! I'd be interested in knowing if you had Hepatitis A vaccination. If I understood my doc, she thinks this will protect me from food poisoning.
Sue Hobbs Dec 19, 2014 at 07:42 PM

We actually did get Hep A vaccine and also Typhoid.


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