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  1. I have about 60 boxes in a temperature and humidity controlled humidor. The All are in original boxes until I get down to about 5 to 7 cigars. Then they are stored loose to make room for their replacement box. It's a constant game of Tetris. I also keep a 300 count humidor for singles mostly for non Cuban cigars for guests to enjoy and a 50 count at work for the frequent after lunch, after work or thank a tenant cigar. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  2. I got back a few days before the Encuetro began and there were still a few boxes of the Dips available in some stores. A bargain at 86 CUC a box, but IMO not worth the prices I saw people reselling. Save the money, buy the plane ticket and get 'em yourself...and enjoy Havana in the process.
  3. I've been to quite a few games. It's unlike any game in the US and if baseball is your thing (it's mine), it's not something you want to miss. I forget what I've paid for a ticket. I seem to remember anywhere from 1 to 3 CUCs, depending on the mood of the ticket person. Cubans will pay 4-5 Cuban pesos (about 17 -20 US cents for a ticket). You'll sit right behind home plate. Feel free to smoke a cigar. No alcohol is served. Plenty of street food available. Little tip: It can be difficult to find a cab/ride after the game. Consider negotiating with a driver to wait for you during the game (I once bought my driver a ticket, sandwich and drink and he enjoyed the game with me) or pre-arrange for them to meet you after the game. Ensure they meet you after the game with a nice tip at drop off.
  4. You can get the schedule here.
  5. This is by far the most interesting and entertaining discussion on cigar mold I've ever read. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  6. None taken! And with respect to the side effects, we have drugs for those too! Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  7. What kind of container? Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  8. As a American heading to Cuba in 3 weeks, this was timely and welcome news. I can't wait to pass through US Customs and answer, "Do you have anything to declare?" with, "A shitload of Cuban cigars and rum!" For me, it boils down to this. I've been going to Cuba for 12 years. I lived/studied there in 2003 and 2004. So, all of these small changes represent several things that are a long time coming and the right thing to do. And I personally would have a tough time looking my Cuban friends in the eyes while supporting certain portions of the embargo just so I could continue to enjoy cigars and rum at current prices.
  9. @Ethernut Not dangerous. Never in Cuba have I felt like I was in danger. And frankly, in my younger and more vulnerable years, I've staggered around Havana in states where I probably should have been in danger. But I digress. But the rush you describe is on point. And it's made worse when there's no way the person who starts handing out "stuff" will ever have enough for everyone.
  10. Cash isn't king in Cuba. "Stuff" is. I'll give you an example. On my last trip and last night in Cuba, I went to the restroom and to my horror, I didn't have any spare change for the lady who kept the washroom clean and stocked at the restaurant I went to. I apologized that I didn't have any change and she asked me if I had a pen or pencil instead. I had my backpack with me and gave her several as well as some hairpins my girlfriend had left in my bag. She was very happy. Much more valuable than money. I've learned that berets, hairpins and lip gloss make great gifts for little girls. As a yank, I brink baseballs and gloves for boys. Women get small perfumes. Bras and tampons are gold. Several friends complained to me that the quality of condoms available in Cuba are quite poor so I've begun bringing condoms. ANY toiletry items are popular. Multivitamins have been frequently requested. I like bringing flash drives but I'd be careful about bringing too many, especially if you're travelling on a US passport. "Too many" would be below whatever amount you feel you can justify to Cuban Customs you need for your trip to Cuba. I usually throw a few sparkplugs into my luggage so I can give to friends. None have 1950s cars but they can sell them for serious money on the black market. $2.99 for me. 20CUC in Cuba. My favorite thing to gift are baseball caps. My friends have given me over 1,500 caps and they've found their way with me to Cuba and have been scattered from Piñar del Rio to Santiago de Cuba. Very little clothing or toiletries return with me to the States. I usually leave it with friends and they either use it or sell it. One more thing and I think this is pretty important: PLEASE don't start just handing out stuff in the street. I've seen this happen and it's no fun for anyone. Do it privately, do it discretely and do it for people you develop a friendship with or a bond with....and make sure you have enough for everyone!
  11. From a logistics standpoint, there's a pretty good place for the US to begin a humanitarian mission. We already have a nice 8,000ft runway, lots of heavy ground equipment, heck there's even a gate that can be opened along a very long fence line where we could allow the Cubans to take whatever aid they wanted through the fence and distribute it as they see fit. Only problem is it's Guantanamo Bay. The politics, history and resentment associated with that piece of property make the idea of Cuba accepting aid in this manner almost impossible for me to imagine. Quick edit to make clear my post has no intention of turning what is a truly horrific crisis into a political discussion. Just a geographical/logistical observation combined with the historical realities of Gitmo.
  12. Here's some from Mike Theiss, National Geographic photographer on the ground in Baracoa.
  13. I dunno but I miss that guy. It was like looking into a mirror. So East Coast. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  14. Nope. There were holes all over the cigars. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  15. Finally getting a chance to see these guys this Friday in San Francisco.
  16. Yep. Beetles. I know they say they freeze the cigars coming out of Cuba and that's supposed to prevent them from hatching. I trusted them. I stored my cigars in large armoire humidor in a room that, even while my home is cooled with central air conditioning, got up to 75-78 due to southerly facing wall and large windows. I did this for 5 years without a problem. Until one evening, I opened a box of 2013 Romeo y Julieta Cedros de Luxe No. 2. I saw little things crawling all over the cigars. FREAKED OUT. I ended tossing the entire box in the garbage and freezing every box I had, selling my humidor after I wiped it down with 97% alcohol and replacing it with one that had temperature control. Now my cigars relax at 58-62 degrees, regardless of what is happening in my environment. I would say if you're storing cigars above 75 degrees or higher, you are going to have a beetle problem...someday. But that's just my opinion based on a personal experience.
  17. So, I've been down this road before and you're right, beads aren't going to cut it and I see we're in Ottawa so we don't have to worry about summer temperatures. Lucky you! I've used both the Hydra commercial unit and the Cigar Oasis Magna units. Both had their benefits and drawbacks. Hydra. It's cheap. It works. The Hydra's auxiliary fans can be set up to always be on or come on only when the humidifier comes on. This is an important feature that the Magna lacks. In fact, the Magna's auxiliary fans only come on when the humidifier is OFF. More on that later. The Hydra's only drawback is that it as a consequence of it being cheap, it may fail. I did not have mine fail, but there are plenty of stories of them failing. I made the choice to upgrade to a Cigar Oasis Magna as I was attracted to the Wi-Fi capabilities it offered. If you go with the Magna, I would suggest removing the florist foam and buying some floral beads instead. It'll hold way more water. Just add some PG to the distilled water as an anti-fungal agent and if mold does start to take hold, toss the beads and replace. They're insanely cheap anyways. Cigar Oasis Magna. It's more expensive. It's well constructed. It has Wi-Fi reporting of temp and RH. Now, let's talk about that. First of all, the setup of this is a real PITA. I'm well versed in IT and I would feel sorry for say, my dad trying to set this thing up. I also found that it did not stay connected to my wireless network under DHCP so I had to assign it a static IP. After I did that, my problems were solved. If you don't understand what that means, good luck to you. Now on to the auxiliary fans. The Oasis' fans only come on when the Oasis humidifier is off. This was a problem for me as I found that the humidifier would create a nice correct RH at the bottom of the humidor, then the fans would kick on, the RH would quickly drop in the bottom, the humidor would kick on, the auxiliary fans would kick off and this insane cycling of the humidifier and fans would occur. I eventually had to add some 12v computer fans to the humidifier on a digital timer that allowed me to set any OFF and ON cycle time I wanted to deal with that insanity. Good luck!
  18. Just smoked the very same cigar an hour ago. Fully agree with your review. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  19. I'm not the first to say this but I've found it to be true. "I smoke 1% non-Cuban cigars to remind myself why I prefer Cuban cigars." I find I enjoy the balance and evolution of Cuban tobacco. Personally speaking, Non-Cubans taste really harsh and one-dimensional. And then there are the monstrous ring gauges. Save the occasional Tatuaje, Illusione, Tabaquero, etc. non-Cubans are reserved for guests who ask for a cigar but I know are going to take 10 puffs and then put it down. And it's cheaper for me to buy Cuban cigars. The tobacco tax is all over the place depending on what US state my purchase is subject to. I spent $27 on an Opus X Double Corona this Sunday at a lounge. The whole time I'm smoking it I kept thinking about the $ vs value. Now don't get me wrong, it was a good cigar but instead of enjoying it completely, I'm thinking about what ELSE I could be smoking for $27. Of course, and this is just my opinion, non-Cuban cigars (as a whole) are of better construction than Cuban cigars as a whole. This point was debated to death this Saturday at the lounge as I smoked my Opus X and the guy next to me was trying to draw on a Bolivar Petit Corona. He looked looked like he was trying to suck a golf ball through a garden hose. Many in the lounge differed in my opinion but ask I offered this choice to clarify my point: If your life were to depend on your selection of ONE cigar that was not going to be plugged or have draw problems, are you gonna reach for a Padron 2000 or a Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 2. Thankfully, I don't have to make that kind as I smoke this Juan Lopez.
  20. You might also check out Cubavisión. The streaming quality can be hit or miss but it runs the gamut from educational, telenovelas, sports, cartoons, etc. Keep in mind this is Cuban TV so you're going to get a viewpoint totally different that the one you're seeing on TV Martí. There are a few streaming sources but the below seems to be the best available.
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  22. Yeah I did that too. My girlfriend is Salvadorean. Even smokes cigars.

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