By Norman Lewis
Comprises the piece of journalism Norman was once so much happy with, a piece of writing at the devastation of Amerindian populations in Brazil, which led to the institution of Survival overseas, which campaigns to guard tribal humans and their environments. trip writing that makes you snicker, but in addition brings domestic the world's harm in excellent understatement.
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Most ATMs display stickers stating clearly the cards they accept. Those that take foreign cards are generally found in top-class hotels, branches of the Banco Financiero Internacional and the Banco de Crédito y Comercio, or one or two CADECA casas de cambio. As with all transactions involving a foreign credit or debit card in Cuba, the amount you withdraw or spend in convertible pesos will be converted into US dollars to allow your bank or card issuer to then convert US dollars to your home currency (so, at the current exchange rate, if you withdraw $100CUC it will appear as US$108 on your transaction receipt).
Ie. Traveller’s cheques, credit/debit cards and ATMs Hard currency is king in Havana, and although you’ll generally be OK using credit cards in the upmarket hotels, restaurants and touristy shops, when dealing with any kind of private enterprise, from paladars to puncture repairs, anything other than cash isn’t worth a centavo. Wherever you are it pays to always have at least some money in cash, particularly given that power cuts are common in Cuba and sometimes render credit cards unusable. By bringing your money (though not US dollars) in cash or Traveller’s cheques, you will avoid the ten percent commission levied on all credit and debit card transactions and withdrawals.
A tip can sometimes open previously closed doors, like viewing the interior of a private building or an otherwise closed museum. It’s also customary to tip the attendant in a hotel toilet, should there be one, with at least some loose change. Public toilets Public toilets are few and far between in Havana, and even fast-food joints often don’t have a washroom. The best places for public toilets are hotels, as generally these are regularly cleaned and well maintained. But even these sometimes suffer from a lack of toilet paper – carry your own supply in case.