BolivarSmoker

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About BolivarSmoker

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  • Birthday 09/07/1982

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  1. Class B Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  2. [emoji1787][emoji1787][emoji1787] Post of the year nominee! Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  3. BolivarSmoker

    Havana Airport - Terminal 2 Scam Alert

    Six boxes... Smallest haul to date.
  4. 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.
  5. BolivarSmoker

    First trip to Cuba

    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
  6. BolivarSmoker

    First trip to Cuba

    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
  7. BolivarSmoker

    Your Standout Regional

    ED Conde 109 Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  8. BolivarSmoker

    LCDH Grand Cayman

    Haven't been in a few years, but Wallace always treated me well. He can come across a little abrasive at first but he's a cool guy. Omaida is a Cuban woman who I assume is maybe still there. She is so sweet. She used to work at the Partagas LCDH and knows her stuff. They have a limited number of available singles but had a decent selection of boxes each time I have visited. If you get to run into Valerio, the owner, you are in for a treat! Make sure to snorkel or dive Eden Rock which is pretty much right out the front door of the LCDH. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  9. BolivarSmoker

    UK and USA at war, part 2

    Amen. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  10. BolivarSmoker

    UK and USA at war, part 2

    Southern boy here.... If you don't like biscuits and gravy, then we can't be friends [emoji38] Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  11. What paperwork are they checking? How are they making people show them how much money they have on them? I have a flight to Havana thru Ft Lauderdale coming up. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  12. BolivarSmoker

    Nearest LCDH or Roller to ship ports

    He must pack an acres worth of tobacco in the Elefantes! My brother and I had his Petit Elefantes in the courtyard of the Conde de Villanueva last summer. I will say it was a very rich cigar and we actually enjoyed the flavors. The ring gauge is a bit silly, but it was still a well blended cigar. My favorite Reynaldo smoke is his Cimarrones. Its a hefty gauge as well, but the tapered end makes it enjoyable. Powerful and elegant. Close second is his Sublimes.
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