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January 2009

When Is It Too Many in La Habana?

Posted: Jan 30, 2009 3:05pm ET

How many cigars are too many in a day in Havana?  My girlfriend asked me not to smoke too many while I was in Cuba. Also, she was worried I might drink too much in the island’s fair capital! I only smoked three cigars yesterday.

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Good Morning from Cuba

Posted: Jan 29, 2009 9:36am ET

I just woke up with my first cortadito , which may be the best espresso and warm milk made in the world. Forget your Starbucks or Coffee Bean. It is a very condensed, reduced espresso with rich, sweet milk.

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Credit Crunch on the Way to Havana

Posted: Jan 28, 2009 12:13pm ET

I am sitting in the Virgin Atlantic Lounge waiting for my flight to Havana. It’s already an hour late, and I guess it will be later. Travel to Cuba is always a calamity, which I will go into tomorrow following my flight.

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Off to Experience Cuba's Sweet Tobacco of Change

Posted: Jan 27, 2009 11:02am ET

I am buying a few extra things today, like medicine and photo equipment, getting ready for an extended trip to Cuba. Simple things like vitamins or camera batteries can be hard to find on the island, even in the best of times.

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Winter's Dilemma

Posted: Jan 5, 2009 10:39am ET

Happy New Year. I have been spending a little over a week in Southern California and I have not had a cigar the whole time. I am Jonesing for one now. The problem is the environment. I have been staying with my parents in Palm Springs and Carlsbad, and there is no smoking allowed there—­ never was! And the weather has been so cold (for Southern California mind you!) that it has not been conducive to outdoor smoking, either.

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