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  •  it is and it isn't (2+ / 0-)
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    Avila, auapplemac

    Cuban pesos are 24 to the dollar, and tourists use a different currency called CUCs which are equal to the dollar more or less. Only caveat is that the Cuban govt takes 20% off the top, so you exchange $100 and receive 80 CUCs... and each is worth about $1. When you are buying things from average Cubans who live on local pesos, prices are rock bottom. To them, even 1 CUC is a lot of money. A cab ride was $4-$5 to go across the city. A handmade dress I bought was $15. But the hotels will really charge you if they can. Our hotel (the nicest in Cuba) was 170 CUCs per night for a double. A mojito at our hotel was  4 CUCs. For me this was a very expensive trip for several reasons and it ended up costing $3500, which is FAR more than it should have. It would have been much cheaper w/o the blockade.

    •  Jill - there is no blockage (1+ / 0-)
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      We have an embargo, which I do not support. I am for free trade with Cuba. If we had a blockade no ship from any country, at any time, we be able to land in Cuba. You do yourself a disservice by calling the embargo a blockage. If the US really wanted to have a blockade of Cuba it could. The only time we had a blockade was during the Cuban missile crises.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Wed May 19, 2010 at 07:37:03 AM PDT

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