Dear Andres , May the spirit of Andy travel with you . Fortunately my daughter and I have duel citizenship , so we had no need for subtifuge . I went once pre Castro and again just after he came into power . where I saw him speak at a rally ( he could have given Eva Peron lessons ) Last time I went via Canada on a package tour with my daughter about four years ago . My only advice is take plenty of clothing and prepare to leave it behind. We even left our shoes as the people were allowed one pair a year and had to exchange them when worn out . Hope it has improved by now . Via con Dios , Robin
Andres Hidalgo ?
Very Funny Andy
I'll keep it under my Chapeau
Tell Mr. Hidalgo to study up on the 2 forms of Cuban currency. The local form Cuban Peso (CUP)
and the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC). Also bring Euros or Canadian Dollars. USA Dollars are hit with a ten percent tax to convert plus bank charges could be another 8 !
Place to stay. I'm sure Andres speaks excellent Spanish so will be no problamos making a friend who will rent out a bed or a couch for 8-10 dollars a night otherwise you will have to pay minimum 20 a night @ a Legal BandB because the owners have to pay a tax even if they have no customers.
Movies shows,concerts,sports,bus etc Have a local buy Mr. Hidalgo's ticket and pay for the locals ticket you both win and save a lot. Two tier price like Thailand same same but different.
Bring a brick of Good Quality coffee and chocolates,disposable razors for Mr. H's future guests things that are hard to get and cost a lot in Cuba. Pens and pencils for the kids
and a collect few addresses/emails so I can be pen pals with a few Cuban girls Age 25-35 Thanks !