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The Big ANS Summer Meeting – By John Bongo

16 Aug

Being from Scotland, where you’re not allowed to smoke inside, the lack of decent facilities where you can smoke a cigar in relative comfort and warmth outside makes enjoying a cigar an almost impossible task. So, imagine the surprise and disbelief on my friends faces when I told them I was going to a cigar Read more…

Fraternizing With Cubans Verboten

14 Aug

From my Havana trip last May – notes on an unpleasant experience with my “landlady” … : While the Casa “Mar” was fantastic, had I known that “fraternization” with the Cuban staff was “Verboten” I’d not have taken it. I am not in Cuba to avoid the locals, I like to speak Spanish and express Read more…

A Day With Wörrstadt Folks In Havana

10 Aug

It was a nice change of pace to meet up with friends from my small German village in Havana and show them around. Klaus, Anne and Mona were in Varadero on vacation for 2 weeks and wanted to see Havana, smoke a cigar, see the cigar lounges and sights and take a ride on the Read more…

Not A Good Idea – Havana In Summer

8 Aug

Having been in Havana last May when temperatures were already in the low to mid 30’s C and humidity was high I thought taking a short trip in late July/ early August would not be any different weatherwise. I was wrong. It was almost unbearable hot and sauna-humid … Fortunately the first Casa I stayed Read more…

Visiting Hector Luis And A Great Harvest

9 Jun

Already during my last visit in March to Hector Luis’ farm most of the tobacco harvest was in the curing barns. Some was still left to grow and show the tour groups when we visited him in May but surprisingly we were the only visitors except for another small group which gave us the chance Read more…

Re-visiting “Papito” Valladares And Barber’s Alley In Havana

3 Jun

One of the things I look forward most when arriving in Havana is a visit to Barber’s alley for a haircut and a relaxing few hours in this tranquil oasis in old Havana. I was fortunate once again in meeting “Papito” and him giving me a haircut-cum-long-conversation on the progress of his project, always happy Read more…

Havana May 2017 – Visiting The Factories

1 Jun

I was happy to show my friends around two important factories in Havana for them to appreciate the hard work, passion and care involved in rolling the best cigars. Both visits were a tremendous experience, especially combined with a later visit to the tobacco plantations in the Vuelta Abajo area of Pinar del Rio. From Read more…