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    Erect member since 1953 cccorlew's Avatar
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    Headed for Cuba to make photos! (mostly OT)

    Not exactly bicycle related. I wish it were. I don't know how I'll get a ride in while I'm there. But I'm going to Cuba! Really.

    This summer I'm teaching my Los Medanos College Location Photography class there.

    I got a phone call asking "Would you be interested in teaching a study abroad class on photography in Cuba this summer?"
    "HECK YEAH" I said. I'm still wondering what will happen to prevent it as it seem to good to be true.

    Just in case you like photography and want to go to Cuba, I should point out: anyone can sign up (THIS MEANS YOU!) for it. It runs June 16-23. There's more info on the blog I started for it at http://photographyincuba.blogspot.com/

    You know I'll be trying to photograph bicycles while I'm there, and will report back, with art.
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    Erect member since 1953 cccorlew's Avatar
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    Oh, of course there's a poster:

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    Not for USA Americans. I believe there is still a travel embargo effective for US citizens. The trade embargo still stands.

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    actually, there are now direct flights into Cuba, a limited number of them. But as in the past, it's much easier just to go through Canada.

    News link about the flights: http://articles.cnn.com/2011-11-06/t...a?_s=PM:TRAVEL

    Sounds like a wonderful experience for teaching and travel - enjoy yourself!

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    Erect member since 1953 cccorlew's Avatar
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    It's OK to go for educational purposes. It's totally legal. Really
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    I suspect you'll see LOTS of bikes down there. Have a great trip!!!
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    I've been to Cuba and the only bikes I saw I considered to be unrideable. Granted, I saw none of the country beyond the resort area of Cayo Largo, so other areas may have decent bikes available, but the bikes the resort made available were rusted, non maintained pieces of crap.
    I saw some vacationers trying to ride them, but none that seemed to be having a good time doing so.
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    Curtis,
    Assuming you are not a teetotaler, may I request that you make every effort to test and return home with the best recipe for Mojitos? I ask this strictly for educational purposes, mind you.

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    My daughter has been there twice. She says it is beautiful, and she went way off the beaten track. BTW, she was on mission trips both times.

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    What a wonderful experience. Have a great time and I'll be looking forward to the pictures.
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    Miss Kenton, Mojitos... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I'll do what I can.

    Dan, unrideable bikes you say? Bummer.
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    If I front you some coin will you pick me up a box of Cuban cigars? Strictly for educational purposes, mind you.

    Sounds fab. Summer solstice on a tropical island. Hope the beer is cold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    Miss Kenton, Mojitos... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I'll do what I can.

    Dan, unrideable bikes you say? Bummer.
    Well, you be the judge. They were all department store level, all had the rear derailleurs removed and had stiff, rusty chains draped loosely over the freewheel on about the centre cog. I looked over the lineup on the first day we were there to see if there might be some hope, but I don't think there was enough WD40 on the whole island to make those chains functional.
    Maybe you should take a bike with you, or hope you have better luck where you're going.
    Other than that, the resort was beautiful, the weather was grand, and the food kinda sucked. Cuban beer ain't too bad though.
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    Bring me back a 54 Chevy. If you can't find a convertible I'll accept a 2 door sedan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NOS88 View Post
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    I've been to Cuba a couple of times but that was on our side of the fence (Guantanamo Naval Base). I hope the rest of the island is a better experience.

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    Outstanding! You lucky dog....

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    Take cool clothes. Think Florida on steroids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    Dan, unrideable bikes you say? Bummer.
    When my sister-in-law went to Africa to work for a year, she brought my wife's old Nishiki for fun/transportation. When she was preparing to return to the U.S., she gave the bike away to a man who had been of assistance to her. When she contacted him later, he said the bike was far too extravagant a possession for him, so he traded it for some cattle. The cattle made a huge difference in his family's quality of life. My sister-in-law's only regret was that she only brought one bike to give away. Maybe you and your spouse can rustle up a couple of functional but cheap bikes that can be left behind.

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    Your going to love Cuba. There is some good bike riding on the island if you can find the time. If you do go back without your group, they will not stamp your passport but give you a temporary pass. It's one of those things that you check to make sure you have it four or five times a day. If you lose it...... well don't lose it. I don't think they exchange dollars any longer either. Check into that if you already haven't.
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    Another thing about Cuba is there does not seem to be a national standard for electrical outlets. You will find some 110v 60 cycle (North American) and some European types. Best to have a universal adapter or two with you.
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    cccorlew in Cuba Photo by Tony Gotelli 2012-327 on Flickr

    I have returned from a week in Cuba. No internet access, but lots of Spanish, and a bit of rum with a couple of cigars. I got a hat. It seemed appropriate.

    I think a week is the longest I've been off the bike in years. It was odd getting back on it yesterday.
    I saw lots of beater bikes and pedicabs, but no "cyclists" in Havana. I did see two full-kit roadies from the bus window outside Havana, but that's all. No bike rentals or anything, which was too bad.

    I had an amazing group of wonderful students. Things were odd with the commercial organization who "coordinated" the trip, but we made our own magic and had the experience of a lifetime. The Cuban people are wonderfully welcoming, and even the government Ministry of Culture staff was a delight to deal with.


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    Glad you had a good trip with your students, Curtis. Welcome back to the mad house, we missed you.

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    Great photos! Love the hotel lobby sunset one.
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