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  1. Embargo ? What embargo - show me your cash and take the chicken ... Food purchases from Cuba to the United States fall to the level of 2002 The most plausible explanation for the reduction in imports is the island's lack of liquidity in foreign currency. 14ymedio, Havana | February 19, 2021 Imports of food and medicine from the United States fell by 36.6% in Cuba last year compared to 2019. The island's food purchases from American companies, published the US-Cuba Economic
  2. Found this just now on 14yMedio - a perfect example of Cuban "resolver" power ... 🙂 Translation by Google. Only in Cuba: stealing 208 tons of rice from a state warehouse without leaving a trace 14ymedio, Havana | November 17, 2020 The history of robberies of the Cuban state sector has insurmountable milestones. Adulteration of figures, makeup of merchandise and even ingenious garments with internal pockets to transport products. This November, the Pot
  3. Just read that 3 days ago 900 Russian tourists landed in Cayo Coco for an AI vacation that mandated not leaving the Key. 11 of them have tested positive for Covid-19 and are now at Moron hospital - in total 20 are in quarantine by now. The Cuban health ministry MINSAP declares them to be "Russian citizens" of Ciego de Avila province in its statistic ... no mention of tourists. Would be a bit embarrassing as they were the first to land to much fanfare of the state media about "safe vacations" in Cuba, meaning beaches, not hospitals. These are all AI tourists ( just like in VRA
  4. Interesting story - great guy. How Mexico Became Home for Tampa Bay’s Cuban Star “I’m Cuban, but it’d be an honor for me to represent Mexico,” said Randy Arozarena, the rookie who has taken the postseason by storm. Randy Arozarena, 25, has emerged as the Rays’ best hitter and has powered them to within one win of
  5. Cuba’s Economy Was Hurting. The Pandemic Brought a Food Crisis. The island was able to control the coronavirus, but the dearth of tourists in the pandemic’s wake strangled an economy already damaged by mismanagement and U.S. sanctions. Shoppers loading groceries in Havana. What food is available in Cuba is often found only in government-run stores that are stocked with imports and charge in dollars.Credit...Ramon Espinosa/Associated Press By Ed Augustín and Frances Robles Sept. 20, 2020 Leer en esp
  6. this person is fu*ked.
  7. Just stumbled on two articles regarding Cuba re-opening travel to the island. First stated that borders will open August 1st - not earlier. But it has not been confirmed officially. Second is a report on Casas Particulares that are struggling to survive without foreign tourists to rent to. While they are "officially" closed and not allowed to rent to locals by law, some have gone to renting "on the side" to local couples on an "hourly basis". From charging 35 to 40 CUC a night to a tourist some have been renting as low as 3 CUC without A/C or 4 CUC with A/C an hour always fear
  8. Hey all FOH, Finylly will fly to CUBA after many yyears lurking on the forums (FoH and others).... I just wanted to share my future and first trip to Cuba in May 2020 (4th - 20th ca.) After a long time waiting to get the possibility to travel again, I decided to fly to the Cuba finally and also I wanted to gift my dear mom to discover it too. Will travel there to an acquaintance parents in Havana and maybe a few days in a resort (has to be defined at this moment... ). Will also be very happy to meet with any Foh Members who will be there on these dates
  9. Something I found out on my last trip from an expat friend in Cuba is that "somebody in Cuba" is cloning some users' phones, that is, phones with a Cuban sim card. I'm not sure about international sim cards. In case anyone might be worried that this may sound like a groundless accusation of underhanded dealings, there is a code that lets you check and see for yourself if it has been done. With your Cuban phone, open the phone app and dial *#06# and press "Call". the following screen will open on your phone, this has to be done in Cuba of course, on the Cubacel network. Edit. This wor
  10. I got some images this morning from a friend in Cuba with details of the events in Havana for the 500th anniversary. Some of these will overlap with the Partagas event. Quite a bit going on. The big public event on Saturday the 16th, and probably the place to be, is a concert by Los Van Van on the Malecon by the Piragua, that's the space between the Hotel Nacional and the Maine Monument, basically in front of the Gato Tuerto. Anyway, here are the images.
  11. @nino just gave me the idea for this. Quite a few of us have just returned from Havana and some members will be going in the next few months, February etc. Any new paladares to recommend? Or any that have gone downhill since the last visit? Here's my, short, list to begin. MichifĂş It's very new, not even on the Alamesa app yet. I was brought there by a friend who lives and works in Havana. It's about 1/2 block east (towards Habana
  12. After 18 months away from Havana I was again able to go for a few days with a small group of the cigar gang here in Toronto. This seems like a good opportunity to provide a quick update and also include a few photos from the trip. The photos are mix of phone and DSLR, so the quality will be different. The colour/lighting/exposure are based on my preferences so that may not appeal to some. Considering the weather we've been having in Toronto it was an excellent reason to get away. Here's what I was leaving behind on the day of the flight to Varadero from the back of the cab: I t
  13. From this news, it looks like anyone with a Cuban sim card now has access to 4G in Cuba (Havana at least). Handy for those who need some internet during a stay.
  14. Hello FOH, Recently discovered your website and forums and have been enjoying all of the information you guys bring on so many different topics! Going to La Habana, Cuba next Tuesday March 5, 2019. Staying right there in La Habana for a whole week. Im interested in a few things while im in Cuba: good cigars, good rum and good places. Starting with my main interest, CIGARS! I've been reading on here and have concluded I want to visit Alejandro "Alex"Gonzalez Arias at the Hotel Comodoro for some custom rolled cigars, probably his canonazo or his Behike 52. Do I have to order before ha
  15. As a new "special period" looms, some solutions suggested ...…/ostrich-rodent-on-the-menu-as-cub… Ostrich, rodent on the menu as Cuba seeks food miracle Sarah Marsh 4 Min Read HAVANA (Reuters) - From breeding miniature cows to importi
  16. Looking for information on cigar shops in Cayo Coco, friends going to Pullman resort there. Wondering if there are specific stores to stay away from? Any which seem to have good storage conditions and selection? Thanks RP
  17. A big step backwards for the Cuban economy : "The new regulations make one thing abundantly clear: The Cuban government, state-owned enterprises and the ruling Cuban Communist Party do not want to risk major competition to their own interests—economic, commercial, and political—from a potentially capital-rich, diversified emerging private sector. Apparently, perceived interests in security and stability have overruled Cuba’s own declared economic development goals."
  18. I have been going on about the value of Ron Caney Anejo Centuria for years, since Hamlet told me about it in November 2011, that it had been his favourite rum. Every time I visit Havana have have a guy have some bottles ready for me. For the last couple of years he has had a harder time finding it. Last February, there was only one shop that had it that we could find. A supermarket at 12 and Linea in Vedado. They had about 100 bottles on the shelf. For me, it was the best value rum in the world at $7.60 for 7 year old and very very nice. I had been he
  19. Gotta love reading the reviews from visitors to Cuba: Quick quiz, which one is by a clueless American? The Penthouse is beautiful and it’s right on the Malecon, 3 min wall to National Hotel and restaurants. The breakfast every morning was wonderful with fresh fruits , veggies eggs and juices. Juvie and Adrianna took care of our every need . The place is absolutely amazing. The views from every room are spectacular. Excellent choice. Would definitely recommend. Isabel is definitely a superhost! This air bnb is outstanding. We came here to celebrate our 40th bday. (Guys tri
  20. Here we go again ... guess it's sablerattling for the Miami audience, but you never know ... John Bolton just gave an “Axis of Evil” speech about Latin America The US will now go after a so-called “Troika of Tyranny”: Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. By Alex [email protected] Nov 1, 2018, 3:10pm EDT National Security Advise
  21. So US Tourism to Cuba falls by 30% first half of this year and a 5% increase in June is good news .... ?? Interesting reading, specially on hotel and restaurant price increases ... : The number of U.S. citizens visiting Cuba in June 2018 reached 68,000, a 5 percent increase from 12 months earlier, according to published reports based on Cuban tourism statistics. It is the first year-to-year increase in 2018. In a series of Cigar Aficionado
  22. We're celebrating our 27th anniversary, and completely out of the blue we just spontaneously booked a last minute cruise that stops in Cuba for a day. I have already realized we need a Cuban visa, an extra $150 I didn't count on, but the cruise deal is pretty sweet, so no big deal. What do you all recommend for the first time visitor with about 10 hours on the island? What cigar shops should I visit? Where should I have lunch? What is the one must see, if you can recommend one or maybe two? Should we book the shore excursion from NCL, or just do our own thing? We sai
  23. Just back after a three night trip to Havana with my wife...first time in Cuba, and as I said in the introductions forum, this board was an amazing resource to plan the trip, and some cigar shopping. Below, a few notes on particular favorite meals and drinks, and some shopping reports, and one thing I learned about dealing with customs. Eating/Drinking: Had a couple of awesome meals -- O'Reilly 304 was a particular favorite, especially due to some of the truly insane drinks they are serving there. I write about food and bars, and they're doing some of the weirdest stuff I've ever seen the
  24. "Colectivo" taxis in Havana are public taxis that basically act like small buses. They follow a route, well mostly, or at least sometimes. Since 2011, they have been able to pick up foreigners. You'll recognise them. Pre-embargo cars, not nicely fixed up, with a taxi sign in the front. If you ever need a very cheap (cents) way of getting around Havana in something not remotely approaching comfort but in the mood to have a laugh with some locals, they're the way to go. They have their own sign language, see video More here
  25. Driving out of Trinidad to Valle de los Ingenios and Torre Iznaga last month I saw several signs pointing to a "Disco Ayala" .... intriguing to say the least. I even saw some really nice people looking up the way to that Disco. Pity I didn't have the time to enquire further as I was headed back to Havana that day, but congrats Prez, nice venture .... :-) .....

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