Cuba - Day 2

Our day started with the buffet breakfast at the Meliá Cohiba and it did not disappoint. After breakfast, our group boarded the bus for a full day of sightseeing. We toured the La Corona Cigar Factory, our guide there was Camilo. Founded in 1842 this is the largest cigar factory in Cuba. They roll about 30,000 cigars per day. This breaks down to 40-200 cigars per day per person, the quantity depends on the size (heavy, standard, or slim ring gauge) and shape (regular or tapered) of the cigar. This is a government job that pays 400-500 peso or 40 CUC a month plus 5 cigars a day for the employees that produce them. Other factory workers make a monthly minimum of 250 peso or a monthly average o

Cuba - Day 1

It was the evening before Mother’s Day and I was on a red-eye flight en route to Miami. Our group of 26 travel professionals and spouses/family members traveling from various US cities. For most of us, this would be our first trip to Cuba, this was a people-to-people vacation. Also, it was a educational trip for Travel Consultants and the itinerary was packed. After checking into my room at the Crown Plaza Miami International Airport Hotel, it was time for a meal. I ate at the crowded Latin Café across the street. My meal included rice and black beans which looked similar to Jamaican rice and peas. I was told this was a Cuban stable. While in Cuba, I would discover that the dish is plated th

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