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x2 we expect our level of customer service everywhere which is our shortcoming. Americans don't do "patient".
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That would suck. It is the only place you can go that is not full of American tourists.
Not so. I've been many places that are virtually untouched by Americans because they are afraid of cultural differences and language barriers. Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Paraguay, just to name a few. My bucket list includes Myanmar, interior China, Lebanon just to name a few.

My gripe with Americanism is when I travel and see Starbucks and McDonald's everywhere.

And yes I've been to Cuba. It is especially nice if you can get away from Havana and travel the interior.
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x2 we expect our level of customer service everywhere which is our shortcoming. Americans don't do "patient".
Expecting and believing you 'deserve' anything is the main disconnect between American cultural norms and many other cultures. Lots of cultures find this openly self centered approach alien and distasteful.

This isn't a judgement on the culture just highlighting where I see the understanding gap.
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x2 we expect our level of customer service everywhere which is our shortcoming. Americans don't do "patient".
I'm a 50 year old American and I still backpack taking only what will fit in the overhead.
I stay at dingy backpacker hotels spending sometimes less than $10 a night. My best bargain to date was $1.50 a night for private bed and shared bath.
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I'm a 50 year old American and I still backpack taking only what will fit in the overhead.
I stay at dingy backpacker hotels spending sometimes less than $10 a night. My best bargain to date was $1.50 a night for private bed and shared bath.
I'm sure though that you understand you are not the normal american tourist. Obviously everyone does not fit the stereotype....
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http://observer.com/2014/12/6-cuban-...embargo-lifts/


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"John F. Kennedy’s favorite cigar. The night before he signed the embargo in October 1960, Kennedy sent press secretary Pierre Salinger to snatch up every box of them he could in the D.C. area. “Deceitfully mild and bland when they’re young,” is how Nick put it. The tobacco taste is enhanced with time, and they are best smoked—for a cleaner, stronger taste—after 10 to 15 years of aging."
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Old December 17th, 2014, 02:26 PM
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In my mind, there is no better characterization of the typical American tourist then the honorable Sheriff J.W. Pepper and his bride in the James Bond film "Man with the Golden Gun"

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In my mind, there is no better characterization of the typical American tourist then the honorable Sheriff J.W. Pepper and his bride in the James Bond film "Man with the Golden Gun"
One better.
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Just picked up bottles of 12 year Yamakazi and Hakushu here in Japan for a forum member. I tried a small bottle of the Hakushu and it actually was pretty decent.
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Unlimited access to Cuban cigars here in Japan. Here are a few I picked up recently.

The RyJ Wide Chuchhill was a nice smoke, mild, but finshed a bit rough.

My favorite continues to be the Montecristo #2.
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Just picked up bottles of 12 year Yamakazi and Hakushu here in Japan for a forum member. I tried a small bottle of the Hakushu and it actually was pretty decent.
both are good. Almost doubled. In price in the past couple years
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Unlimited access to Cuban cigars here in Japan. Here are a few I picked up recently.

The RyJ Wide Chuchhill was a nice smoke, mild, but finshed a bit rough.

My favorite continues to be the Montecristo #2.
Cuban #2s and #4s are some of my favorite smokes. Thank you Canada.
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both are good. Almost doubled. In price in the past couple years
The Yama was about $65, the Haku was $60. Not sure how that compares to US prices.

Both are owned by Suntory, which should open up the market to a wider audience.
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I know it's not thread related, but this vodka is the shit. I had a buddy bring back a bottle from Poland. Turns out it's banned in the US by the FDA because the bison grass contains coumarin (blood thinner).

To my surprise, I found it here in Japan, and at $10/bottle.

It's really smooth, almost fruit flavored. Drinks well just on the rocks or with sprite/7up/ginger ale.
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And it'll take care of your blood clots while you're getting drunk. That explains the amount of deaths from simple head injuries in Poland.
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I found this at the store and had to try it. It's not bourbon, but it taste like it.
Alcohol content is like 9%.
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Old February 3rd, 2015, 11:58 PM
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Btw, Now that relations have thawed between Havana & DC & we are allowed to legally bring in up to 2 boxes each, for those looking for authentic Cubans my family is back & forth & could be persuaded to ring a box or 2 for some good amigo/a$$$.
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I found this at the store and had to try it. It's not bourbon, but it taste like it.
Alcohol content is like 9%.
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