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Refresher by ExGingi so that some parts of the last two segments are clearer:

Currency: The currency situation in Cuba is a bit crazy, but understanding the system is critical for not getting ripped off. There are two completely different currencies used, and both are - of course  - called pesos. The Convertible Peso, called CUC and pronounced kook, is tied to the dollar at 1:1. The Cuban Peso, called CUP and pronounced coop, is also tied to the dollar, but at 25:1. Are you writing all this down? No? Good. Now, the CUC is used mostly by tourists and upper-class places, while the CUP is the typical street money and is officially illegal for non-Cubans to use.

Now... even though the CUC is tied to the dollar, there's a 10% penalty for changing dollars, on top of the 3% official exchange fee. That means that for every dollar you only get to keep 87 cents. Knowing all this, in the weeks leading up to this trip we exchanged around $500 to CAD and EUR by friends and family. Arriving in Cuba, we exchanged these for CUC at the official exchange rate, and boom - 10% penalty avoided.

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Two more segments pretty much done, just waiting on some small changes. Should hopefully be posted pretty soon.

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It's Pesach and I'm in California

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It's Pesach and I'm in California

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 Seriously... How long do these small changes take. It's been  three weeks  ::)

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Seriously... How long do these small changes take. It's been  three weeks  ::)

...Of which 2 were Pesach and 1 had whYME with the flu or something.

Also, seriously :o?
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Seriously... How long do these small changes take. It's been  three weeks  ::)

+2!
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...Of which 2 were Pesach and 1 had whYME with the flu or something.

Also, seriously :o?

Stop with the excuses Mr. Fishy !

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Or we will demand a refund!!

I feel like demanding 1099s ;D
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...Of which 2 were Pesach and 1 had whYME with the flu or something.

Also, seriously :o?
Or something perfect for staying inside and getting it did?

Refua shelama btw