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About BolivarSmoker

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  • Birthday 09/07/1982

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  1. Both times I have used it it has been easy. You enter your info into the app and take a pic of yourself. Then there are around five questions you answer. Submit the form when you land in the US and follow the mobile passport signs. No kiosks necessary. First time I used it was last fall and the agent asked if I had any tobacco or alcohol. I just said, "I've got some cigars and some rum." All he said was "ok welcome back." Second time was last month and as I said before, the agent literally took my passport, looked at it, looked at me, and handed it back with a "thank you." That was it. Both times I had 5-6 boxes, couple bundles customs, couple bottles of rum, etc. Not saying it's fool proof by any means, but it was easy. Plus you get to skip the lines. I also talked to a guy in Havana that had Global Entry. He said it was a breeze. Haven't tried it but am considering joining for future international trips. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  2. I have had luck with the mobile passport app coming through Ft. Lauderdale. I've used it twice now. Came through last month and the agent didn't ask me any questions whatsoever. All I got was a "thank you" as he handed back my passport. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  3. Also, go visit a distillery. We have the best bourbon on the planet here in KY. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  4. Riverside Cigar Shop and Lounge in Jeffersonville, IN right over the bridge beside the YUM Center. Haven't been in a few years but it was a nice place to smoke a cigar when I was there. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  5. 40 mph wind gusts on Kentucky Lake kept the fish from biting, although we had a great time. I'm looking forward to doing this again and hopefully the weather will cooperate in my neck of the woods. Congrats to all who participated and all who win! Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  6. [emoji1787][emoji1787][emoji1787] Post of the year nominee! Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  7. I wanted to pass along a little story for all you that are planning on traveling to Havana in the future. This past Saturday, my friend and I were returning from a few days of cigars and rum in Havana and we were leaving via Terminal 2 at Jose Marti Airport. Our flight was early in the morning and we actually arrived before sunrise. Terminal 2, in my past experience has always been rather busy for its size, but this morning, there were only two flights going out and so it wasn't too crowded. Everything was a breeze as we passed through customs and entered the security checkpoint. My friend passed though before me as I was selected randomly by Southwest Airlines for a more detailed security check. Once my bag went through the x-ray, a boy who was working security (couldn't have been more than 18 yrs old) had my bag full of cigars and I reached for my facturas. He said, "I'm sorry sir, but it is not possible to take your cigars out of Cuba." I handed him my facturas and he didn't even look at them. He just repeated that it was not possible. I asked him "Why is it not possible?" He just shook his head and replied "It is not possible but I can help you, if you help me." I gave him a confused look and he said, "In the bathroom..." I then had to proceed to my random security check at the desk nearby which was a piece of cake. I looked up and saw the boy with another older security officer and he made eye contact with me and headed to the bathroom. I followed him in there and had to pay him in order to take my cigars with me on my flight. Remember, I had all facturas and receipts, which he did not even look at. I had some USD hidden in my wallet, but also had some CUC that I was planning on using for rum in the duty free shop as a gift for family back home. He calmly took all my CUC and that was the end of it. He also had the audcity to shake my hand. Once we left the bathroom, he met up with the other security officer and they laughed together. When I met up with my friend, I learned that the same thing happened to him as well. We didn't loose that much money, but we definitely felt violated. We watched him do the same thing to a man on the second flight that was going out that morning and witnessed laughter with other security officers after the bathroom exchange. Now if my spanish was better I guess this could have been resolved differently, but at the time I could tell there were multiple people in on the scam and I didn't want to cause any trouble that could make me miss my flight or worse. This wasn't my first time in Havana or going through this particular terminal, but I assume it would not have happened if the airport was more populated as it has been in my past experiences. Just wanted to pass this story along to anyone of you going through Terminal 2. Might save you from the same situation if you are prepared beforehand. Cheers, guys.
  8. Last time I was there I paid him $60 cuc. Was with him about 6-7 hrs that day. Tipped him very well on top of that. Split with my brother and it was money well spent. I've got him lined up for September as well. I suspect it will be similar. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  9. I highly recommend Hansel. Great guy, great english speaker. He's like hiring a tour guide. Knows all there is to know about the city. His mother (in the photo) works at LCDH Partagas and when I've gone in there with Hansel in the past, she rolls out the red carpet! Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk

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