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How do I get there?... will they let me in?:

H ow do I get there?... w ill they let me in?

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The U.S. remains the only nation in the world that denies its citizens the right to travel freely to Cuba. It has no similar restrictions on travel to any other countries, including Iran and North Korea, to which Reality Tours also organizes trips. History –Tourism Significance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbWsB6NmBNI How to Travel to Cuba on a general license CNN interview on Cuba http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s735oRu4D1k W ill come back to videos if we have time

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I used to think it was illegal for Americans to visit Cuba but someone corrected me and said it was not illegal for US citizens to travel to Cuba , it is illegal for them to spend money in Cuba. I have not had this information officially verified, but it does make some sense. Will Cubans Allow Americans In? Despite wrongful belief by many Americans, Cubans love Americans. Cubans love everyone. They love talking about how it is in your home country and love seeing pictures. They’re not prejudous and will welcome you with open arms if you visit their country. H ell y eah !!!!!

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1. For many travelers, Cuba offers an unforgettable and unique experience. 2 . Great value for your money 3.Medical Care – Its Free! 4. Unique Culture – 5. Cigars, Salsa, Art, Music,of for sure the rum 6. So darn close 90 mi why not! 7…..next slide! Why Cuba 85 °F Sunny. Warm . Cuba is just one of many beautiful, good-value, welcoming destinations you'll hear about in the years to come.

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Spectacular Beaches Cuba offers sun-seekers more than 300 immaculate beaches, from the secluded beauty of María del Gordo to the glistening sands of Cayo Coco. Why Cuba 85 °F Sunny. Warm . Cayo largo Cuba Libre

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How to we go?.... How Can an American Get to Cuba Obviously, there are no directly flights from US mainland flying to Canada and US guard patrol the waters south of Florida so sailing to Cuba from the USA is also pretty much the impossibility. So how do Americans travel to Cuba? Simple – via Mexico, Bahamas or Canada. Best Gateways for Americans to Cuba If starting from the US, your best bet is to fly to Cancun, Mexico or Toronto, Canada and then purchase a plane ticket to Cuba there. There are also convenient flights from other places – Nassau or Mexico City worked for some Americans I have met. Can Americans Get in Trouble for Visiting Cuba It quite possibly could happen, but unless you tell, US officials may never find out. Cubans don’t stamp passports and Tourist Card is their visa . There will be no indication revealing US officials that you had previously visited Cuba. They may never know…

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Regular processing time takes 4 to 6 weeks (110) + (25 postmaster) Expedited processing up to 3-4 weeks to complete ($90) Call for Appt---745-4525 @ Glens Falls Post Office P assport I nfo

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Visa I nfo What is the difference between a passport and a travel visa? A passport is an official government document that certifies one's identity and citizenship.  The passport serves two purposes: to regain entry to the country of citizenship (i.e. the United States) and is a requirement by many countries to gain entry to the country you are visiting. A travel visa is an official government document that temporarily authorizes you to be in the country you are visiting.  Many countries require a visa to gain entry.  The visa usually is in the form of a stamp or sticker placed IN the passport and is obtained from the country you are visiting.

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Cuban Visitors Card

CUBA:

C U B A You cannot purchase a license locally and you do not need an International Driving License. Your own driving license, issued in your own country, is all that is required 21 years old to rent a car. Do you need a driving license in Cuba ?

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1.00 EUR = 1.22177 CUC (Euro) 1.00 CAD = 0.756105 CUC (Canadian Dollar) 1.00 USD = 0.925900 CUC (US Dollar, subject to additional 11% Cuban tax on top of this exchange rate)

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Note: 11% percent tax imposed on people buying Convertible Pesos CUC$ with US$ dollars cash. Always bring only new notes, without any damage or marks, all the coins are useless. Take cash to Cuba, exchange your money in the hotel are usually very expensive. The best exchange rate you will get in CADECA - Casas de Cambio. (at airport) • ATMs Not widely available outside tourist areas, or not working. • Traveler’s Cheques banks charge high commission to cash them, not all the places accept them. • Credit Cards you can get cash with any non US credit card. Bring your passport, banks charge extra 11% commission • Counterfeit Convertible Pesos CUC$ are quite common, do not change money on the street. Cubans pay in pesos, and tourists pay in convertible pesos. If you see signs with two prices listed, always expect to pay the Convertible Pesos $CUC.  Cubans Pesos 26 exchange to 1 $CUC Convertible Pesos. ATMs, Money Exchange

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General Information on CUBA! 85 °F Sunny. Warm . Sunny weather in Cuba The weather in Cuba is quite pleasant all year round and with the exception of some showers to be expected during the rainy season in Cuba, you can expect excellent weather on your holiday to Cuba at any time. If you are going to Cuba to specifically enjoy the sun, then the months with the sunniest weather are from January to April. Weather and temperature in Cuba Weather varies little between seasons in terms of temperature fluctuations, with the average temperature in Cuba being 25C (73F)  The weather can become cool and temperatures drop to about 20C sometimes, with the warmest weather in Cuba bringing temperatures of no more than 30C. The weather is warmer in the East of Cuba than the weather in the West of Cuba due to the more southerly latitude of the East of Cuba.

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General Information on CUBA! 85 °F Sunny. Warm . Summer weather in Cuba The summer months in Cuba bring with them the wet weather. An indication of the wet weather levels seen in Cuba during the summer is that fact that average monthly rainfall levels between the months of May-October are three times higher than that found in Cuba during the winte Winter weather in Cuba The weather conditions in Cuba during the winter months are comparatively drier. Average monthly rainfall levels between the months of November- April in Cuba are 50mm. Severe weather conditions in Cuba Cuba does experience extreme weather conditions on an almost yearly basis. The weather in Cuba is worst during the hurricane season which occurs between June and November.

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Language: Spanish is the official language Quick Notes: National Bird: the trogon (tocororo) same colors as the flag NATIONAL FLOWER The butterfly jasmine that grows in the banks of the rivers and lagoons http://www.fotw.net/flags/cu%29.html National Tree: the Royal Palm

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History –Tourism Significance Bay of Pigs http://www.jfklibrary.org/JFK/JFK-in-History/The-Bay-of-Pigs.aspx

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History –Tourism Significance Hemingway worked for some time on what would become his most famous work, The Old Man and the Sea. Originally published in 1952 in its entirety in a single issue of Life Magazine, sales exceeded all expectations. In addition to wide acclaim and financial success, The Old Man and the Sea also garnered Hemingway a Pulitzer Prize in 1953 as well as the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. http://www.hemingwaycuba.com/finca-la-vigia.html

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History –Tourism Significance In 1964, the naval base was forced to become self-sufficient after Castro (who is from a nearby town) cut off power and water. The base now operates its own power and water desalination plants. In 1991, it temporarily housed thousands of Haitian immigrants fleeing a military coup, and in 1994 some 45,000 Cuban and Haitian migrants were housed there temporarily. Today its main missions are to "serve as a strategic logistics base for the Navy's Atlantic Fleet and to support counter drug operations in the Caribbean." Armed guards keep surveillance over its fenced-off perimeter 24 hours a day.

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G eography Of Cuba The largest island of the West Indies group Cuba is also the westernmost—just west of Haiti and the Dominican Republic and 90 mi (145 km) south of Key West, Fla., at the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico. The island is mountainous in the southeast and south-central area (Sierra Maestra ). It is flat or rolling elsewhere. Cuba also includes numerous smaller islands, islets, and cays. Geographic coordinates 21º3N, 80º00W

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G eography Of Cuba The Sixteenth largest island in the world The official name of Cuba is the Republic of Cuba Cuba is a little smaller than Pennsylvania In the Caribbean it is the largest island that exists. The climate is tropical which is moderate by trade winds, between May and October it is the rainy season Cuba is often hit by strong hurricanes. Cuba was an island which was covered by forest but a lot of theses areas have been cleared for the plantation of sugar cane or tobacco. Cuba also has also natural resources as salt, timber petroleum,cobalt,manganese,ore,copper and iron.

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Geography Of Cuba Length 1,199 km (745 mi) Width 200 km (120 mi) Coastline 3,735 km (2,320.8 mi) Highest elevation 2,005 m (6,578 ft ) Total area of 110,860 km 2 (42,800 sq mi)

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http://autenticacuba.com/varadero/#axzz1qbOlgKvM Geography Of Cuba Map with Cities, etc…click link below

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85 °F Sunny. Warm . Bicycle, Rental Car,Taxis, Bus, Train

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85 °F Sunny. Warm . http://www.rbarnhill.com/Cuba/Cuba_Old_Havana.php Web site with great pictures, about Cuba, history etc.. click link below

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More than 1 billion was spent over the years to build and operate research institutes on the west side of Havana staffed by Cuban scientists most study in university in Europe More recently Cuba's world-class biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry is gaining in its importance to the economy. It has been claimed that soon it will become Cuba's main source of foreign exchange H ealthcare, M edical- R easeach 67 Major Hospitals through Cuba, major hotels have a medical center available, and each town, city has a medical facility also

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Cuban cuisine is a fusion of Spanish , African and Caribbean cuisines Cuban recipes share spices and techniques with Spanish and African cooking, with some Caribbean influence in spice and flavor. This results in a unique, interesting and flavorful blend of the several different cultural influences, with strong similarities with the cuisine of the neighboring Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico The most popular sauce, used to accompany not only roasted pork, but also the viandas , ***is Mojo or Mojito (not to be confused with the Mojito cocktail), made with oil, garlic, onion, spices such as oregano and bitter orange or lime juice. The origin of Cuban mojo comes from the mojo sauces of the Canary Islands

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arroz-congri .CUBAN RICE AND BLACK BEANS) Rice and beans are a culinary element found throughout Cuba, although it varies by region. A Cuban sandwich (sometimes called a " mixto ", especially in Cuba The sandwich is built on a base of lightly buttered Cuban bread and contains sliced roast pork , thinly sliced Serrano ham , Swiss cheese , dill pickles , and yellow mustard tropical root vegetables mixed with bacalao (salted codfish). FOOD YUM!

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Paella is built up from four basic elements: seafood and meat, sofrito, rice, and broth. The proteins can by any combination of shellfish, meats, and sausage. I used a chicken breast, shrimp, and Portuguese chourico (chorizo). The sofrito consists of sautéed onions, garlic, and tomatoes (sometimes with the addition of pepper). Paella In Cuban cuisine , tostada refers to a slice of hand made Cuban bread , cut lengthwise, buttered, and pressed. The bread is similar to French bread or Italian bread usually made in long, baguette -like loaves. It is the Cuban equivalent of toast . Typically, tostadas are served as a breakfast alongside (and perhaps dunked into) a hot mug of cafe con leche (strong dark-roasted Cuban coffee with scalded milk).

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The Flavours and Food of Cuba Cuban Tostones (Fried Plantains)

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History –Tourism Significance Cuba is the birthplace of the Mojito The Mojito was a favorite drink of author Ernest Hemingway . [10] Ernest Hemingway made the bar called La Bodeguita del Medio famous as he became one of its regulars and he wrote "My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita." This expression in English can still be read on the wall of the bar today, in his handwriting. [11] Beware! With about 4 to 5 ounces of alcohol per drink, your actions tonight could make you legendary tomorrow!

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Ernest Hemingway Didn’t like sugar bartender used maraschino liqueur is a bittersweet, clear liqueur flavored with Marasca cherries , Daiquiri 2 oz Rum .75 oz Lime Juice 1 tsp Sugar Mojito washed mint leaves, sugar lime juice, aged rum Soda water Cuba libre cola, rum, lime

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Shopping @ Cuba Malls 9am-5pm mon-fri Shopping Havana - Cuba Shops Sat-10-2

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85 °F Sunny. Warm . http://www.cuba-made-easy.com/things-places-visit-cuba.html Web sites with more info for you on places to visit, car rentals, bus, trains etc…. Getting around Cuba : http://www.cuba-made-easy.com/getting-around-cuba.html Things & Places to Visit in Cuba : All Include Pricing

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjPI7fhSUmc&feature=g-vrec&context=G24f4829RVAAAAAAAACw Welcome arrival music band @ airport Arriving in Cuba Video shows Great music band welcoming you to Cuba

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85 °F Sunny. Warm . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uOhmuIhaqw&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTfGFB6JR6M&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxMkOEKhqV8&feature=related CUBA (HAVANA) 2010 Nice videos about Cuba Places, hotel, beaches, and great music too CUBA VARADERO Playa Azul Blau Varadero - Varadero, Cuba

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Flight http://www.orbitz.com/shop/airsearch?type=air&ar.type=roundTrip&ar.rt.leaveSlice.orig.key=ALB&_ar.rt.leaveSlice.originRadius=0&ar.rt.leaveSlice.dest.key 723.00 just to Cancun and back You will have out fly out of JFK 450 to 550 pp There Price includes the rest around 3,000 8 days – 7 nights http://www.insightcuba.com/ http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147271-d226417-Reviews-Melia_Cohiba-Havana_Cuba.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8Qv4vHJdjE

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H OTEL in V aradero 85 °F Sunny. Warm . http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147275-d151643-Reviews-Melia_Las_Americas-Varadero_Matanzas_Province_Cuba.html Reviews on Hotel 7 night stay for 2---1,358.00 EUR =1,808.00 http://www.youtube.ug/watch?v=4Ny0TE3NnaU&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaW_cqZyBsM http://www.cubalinda.com/English/Transportation/Flights.asp

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http://www.bedincuba.com/map_cuba.htm

Old Havana:

Places To Remember http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXJLngLONdA&feature=relmfu http://www.bedincuba.com/maps/mapa_habana_vieja_arquitectura.jpg Old Havana Map on next slide Pleases to see and the Itinerary is on handouts to

Old San Juan:

Old San Juan Places To Remember 85 °F Sunny. Warm . 300 Beaches

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85 °F Sunny. Warm . Old San Juan Places To Remember Fortaleza de San Carlos, Cuba El Castillo del Morro, overlooking the Straits of Florida: seen from the Fortaleza de San Carlos

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Old San Juan Places To Remember Colonial Havana, Cuba The stone walls of the Castillo Real de la Fuerza dip into a moat, in Colonial Havana 85 °F Sunny. Warm .

Buen Viaje:

Buen Viaje Gracias, Adios! Amigos ! 85 °F Sunny. Warm . E l F in Travel Tips http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxGMD56E3Ws http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR4grJPUkP4 Dos and Donts http://autenticacuba.com/havana/#axzz1qwzZtnKo Nice HD video on life of Cuba

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