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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.

Author Topic: Viva La Revolución! Time-traveling to Cuba with Something Fishy, whYME, and CITH  (Read 12821 times)

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for those (like me) that wonder:

Side note: Selfie sticks are now banned from all PhotoDOs, with violators getting dunked in the nearest body of water (bonus points if the water in question is the Arctic Ocean - take note, Chaim'l).

An exception is made for truly epic selfie sticks, such as my own:



(FishyStickTM in action at the Cuba PhotoDO)

[Chaim'l] Interesting, the guy in the middle holding the selfie stick looks a lot like SF... Or was that a "FishyStickTM"?


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for those (like me) that wonder:

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Hope you guys maxed out your $100 US Customs allowance of rum/cigars!

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Hope you guys maxed out your $100 US Customs allowance of rum/cigars!

And more. Turns out the lady will write you a receipt for $100 and sell you whatever you like ;).
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And more. Turns out the lady will write you a receipt for $100 and sell you whatever you like ;).

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And more. Turns out the lady will write you a receipt for $100 and sell you whatever you like ;).
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So you just gonna leave us hanging, I guess
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So you just gonna leave us hanging, I guess

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Paging whYME ... The next segment is done from my part.
Great. Now I'll actually need to write something of substance

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Great. Now I'll actually need to write something of substance

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Working on the next part while whYME finishes up... So far I've culled the pictures I want to use from over 250 to 187 :o. And that's before videos and GIFs. This is gonna be a beast, I'm afraid.
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Working on the next part while whYME finishes up... So far I've culled the pictures I want to use from over 250 to 187 :o. And that's before videos and GIFs. This is gonna be a beast, I'm afraid.
Just post them all, I can't believe anyone will be upset at you :)

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