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My Visit to Havana

Author: Robert
Date of Trip: September 2006

Bring either a camera with lots and lots of film, or a digital camera with at least two or three sets of name brand (not drug store brand) batteries. We took over 300 pictures. The children are totally irresistible. If you bring a digital camera, buy an extra memory card. Bring a digital camera with a memory card with lots of pictures on it from before your trip. Take more in your "third country." When you get to Cuba, switch memory cards.

When you leave, tuck the Cuba memory card away (my daughter stuck it in her bra) and put the other one back in. When you reach your third country, get all your Cuba stuff together -- I mean ALL of it -- and mail it back. Don't mail it to yourself. Mail it to a friend or relative, and use the return name and address of another friend or relative. You don't want to re-enter the U.S. with so much as a card, matchbook or store receipt from the island. Put any leftover coins and bills in with the rest of the stuff.

If a U.S. official ever gets suspicious and asks you if you were in Cuba, do not lie! That is a federal crime. Do not tell the truth either. That would be a BIG mistake. Simply refuse to discuss the matter at all. That's your right under the U.S. Constitution.

I hope to return soon. The Cuban people were gentle, warm, friendly, gracious and enjoyable. I want to see as much of this "beautiful country" as I can.

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