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A Day Trip to Cuba

 
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Mar 01, 2017 11:17 |  #16

I returned on Saturday from four days in Havana. I had a great time, learned a lot and took thousands of photos.

I'm going to post photos and an essay in a couple days when I'm ready.

I'll explain how I planned, what the logistics were, how well (and how not-so-well) my plans worked, and some do's and don'ts from my perspective.

My biggest mistake is still with me: I ate and/or drank something wrong. On my travel day home I was sick, and that sickness, while much better, is still coming back here and there as each day goes by.

Overall, it was a successful trip and extremely educational and adventurous. I kept it real (no hotels, no tours... just out among the locals in different parts of the cities).


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Mar 01, 2017 11:20 |  #17


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Apr 01, 2017 21:31 |  #18

When I started looking the day and 24 hour trips were a bit more expensive than that. It wasn't until you stayed a week that I was able to get the lower fare. I'll have to look closer to what time of year, etc.




  
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Apr 19, 2017 12:57 |  #19

EOS-Mike wrote in post #18288884 (external link)
I kept it real (no hotels, no tours... just out among the locals in different parts of the cities).

.....the only way to go in Cuba.

Cuba has little mass media - no cable TV with 800+ channels of misinformation, no glossy mags and little access to internet. Cubans talk and socialize for entertainment. So they are the easiest people to meet and interact with in the world.


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Apr 19, 2017 16:30 as a reply to  @ philmar's post |  #20

Unfortunately a lot of those flights to Cuba aren't there anymore. Spirit is dropping their flights and others are cutting back.




  
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Apr 20, 2017 21:13 |  #21

philmar wrote in post #18332155 (external link)
.....the only way to go in Cuba.

Cuba has little mass media - no cable TV with 800+ channels of misinformation, no glossy mags and little access to internet. Cubans talk and socialize for entertainment. So they are the easiest people to meet and interact with in the world.

I already went. Great experience. I'll be back for sure. I loved it.


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Apr 21, 2017 00:08 as a reply to  @ EOS-Mike's post |  #22

Will def go back, but the initial rush of flights has tapered off. Sounds like for purely economic reasons.




  
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Apr 21, 2017 06:56 as a reply to  @ inwardphoto's post |  #23

They (the airlines) thought there would be a big demand, but there wasn't.

I can't speak for Europeans, Asians, Canadians, etc., as they have been able to go there for a long time, but for Americans it's only been recently that we could go. But most are simply unaware. When I told people I was going (and after I returned), most of my friends and co-workers were confused: "How did you go? That's legal? What did you have to do to get permission? How did you get a visa? I bet they didn't like you being an American." Etc.

I was like, "I bought an airline ticket, showed up at the airport, and went." It was that simple.

When they asked where I stayed I said, "I got on the internet, found a place to stay, and booked it."

I think most Americans think of Cuba as North Korea in a sense. Forbidden, dangerous, unfriendly toward Americans.

The bottom line is that officially (wink, wink), Americans can't go as tourists, and so the airlines probably didn't think it was wise to advertise their new routes (since, you know-- wink, wink-- you can't go as a tourist).

But for me it really was as simple as booking an airline ticket and a room with a family, and then I just showed up at the airport. Delta Airlines did everything else (visa, legal forms, etc.).


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Jan 13, 2018 16:36 as a reply to  @ EOS-Mike's post |  #24

glade you liked Cuba.will be heading there for the first in come Feb. cant wait..:-)




  
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