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Ronda Stevens Feb 05, 2016 at 12:48 PM

Great tips, thatk you Catherine.
A couple of topics:
Friends we know who recently traveled to Cuba said they exchanged US Dolloars for Euros with their local bank before they left. While in Cuba, they could trade Euros for local money without the surcharges put on Dollars. Has anyone else heard that or done that?
Also, Rick Steves, who runs an excellent tour company focused on 'Europe, has just been to Cuba. Google his blog or Facebook for his excellent report of his experience. He also champions travel as a cultural experience.
Barbara R Carter Feb 05, 2016 at 02:04 PM

You would probably pay a charge to change dollars to Euros at the bank...so that doesn't make a lot of sense to me. They take Canadian dollars in Cuba also. I had Euros from a trip to Europe so I didn't pay anything to change them in Cuba.
Ronda Stevens Feb 06, 2016 at 10:41 AM

Our bank did not charge us to exchange to Euros.

Catherine Hurst Feb 05, 2016 at 12:26 PM

Just got back from Cuba and had a couple of suggestions re donations. If you're going to the English language bookstore they REALLY want good condition English books, preferably classics, or other high quality books. (No junk fiction!) They also want condoms--they keep a basket by the door and give them away.

I also carried little matchbox cars with me and gave them away to little boys (and one girl) in Cienfuegos. They were a HUGE hit, and I wished I'd brought more. Also in the province towns (not in Havana) there were people asking for soap, so keep a bar or two in your bag when you go out for the day.
Roslyn Lang Feb 05, 2016 at 12:40 PM

Thanks for the good ideas. Is the English language bookstore part of the tour, or is it something one has to get to on one's own?
Catherine Hurst Feb 05, 2016 at 03:04 PM

It was part of our People and Society tour; I think RS goes there pretty regularly.

Linda Osborn Feb 01, 2016 at 07:30 AM

Hi, My name is Linda Osborn and I'm going on the Cuba Today: People and Society
Program: 20437
Mar 15, 2016 - Mar 23, 2016. Looking to connect with my others going on this trip.

Blossom Hoag Jan 31, 2016 at 11:27 AM

I am going to Cuba on May 31 - June 8 and would like a roommate. I am from Hingham, MA.
Barbara Gasdick Jan 31, 2016 at 01:37 PM

I'd like to go but I'm thinking it might be too hot by then. What do others think?
Blossom Hoag Jan 31, 2016 at 02:01 PM

I think that we will be just before it gets too hot. Hope you come along. I am busy getting my passort renewed--only problem is I can't find my old one. Blossom

Nicki Hamilton Jan 30, 2016 at 07:04 PM

I got one in Ace Hardware for about $5.

Vera (Mik) P Jan 30, 2016 at 04:23 PM

What does the power adapter we might need look like? I have a little bag of them from way back but don't know which one I'll need or perhaps bring them all......
Ann Brody Jan 30, 2016 at 04:35 PM

It's a 2 prong round adaptor. There's a picture of it in the preliminary information.
Nancy N Jan 30, 2016 at 08:25 PM

I didn't need an adapter at all. I left Cuba on the 17th of January and the hotels I was booked in had enough 110 outlets.

Vera (Mik) P Jan 30, 2016 at 04:22 PM

I'm on the Feb 9-17 too.

Raymond Gardner Jan 30, 2016 at 11:07 AM

Larry Gardner, Cuba Today, Feb 9-17; who else?
MARTHA CERMAK Jan 30, 2016 at 11:20 AM

Hi Larry, a few have responded to the Feb 9-17 trip. I'm Marti from San Francisco Bay Area.
Raymond Gardner Jan 30, 2016 at 02:27 PM

Thanks for the reply, looking forward to meeting all of our tour group.

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