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Mon Apr 8, 2019, 01:03 PM

9. It's very easy to travel to Cuba

We rented an apartment on Airbnb and had a direct flight into Havana. Both of which were very inexpensive. I don't remember the airfare, but a 2 bedroom apartment (which was very comfortable) was $45 per night.

Other than getting a visa (which you did at the airline counter) and filling out the one sheet checkbox explaining the purpose of the trip, it was no different than going anywhere else.

At least till we got to Cuba, that was. Things were pretty different there.

Our experience was very different than yours. Though I would say that the section of Old Havana around the cruise ship area was night and day different than most of the other areas we saw. We were in the Vedado / La Rampa area of Havana. Our hosts warned us about walking on the sidewalks in areas because things had a tendency to fall off the crumbling buildings. The debris littering the sidewalks made it fairly obvious without the warning.

The people were absolutely wonderful. Very friendly, and most wanted to hear about things in the US. Even the people trying to sell you things on the street were the friendliest I have ever encountered. I had one guy come up to me and first try to sell me cigars, then offered to sell pot, then when he figured I wasn't going to buy anything from him, just started up a normal conversation.

It was a bit shocking what people asked for when they knew we were leaving. I knew it was common for people to ask for things that they had a hard time getting there - but just how basic their requests were amazed me. Things like shampoo, soap, aspirin, etc.

I won't bother going on about things - I am sure everyone who goes has a different experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone - and it is well worth spending a few days to a week in Havana.

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