exchanges in havana
by Ricardo Matias
Me and a friend we are going to havana, and question is what is the best thing to exchange with the cubans?
I am thinking on watches, pens and shirt´s.
What´s your advice?
Thanks for asking. First let me give you a warning, you write "exchange" but most Cubans
expect to "receive" for free. Why? They see every
foreigner as a "rich uncle". I once said to a Cuban: "I am not the uncle of all Cubans". But put yourself in their place. The average salary is 15 dollar per month, for a young guy 8-10 dollar is normal, so when they can get something they can sell it to make some extra money. This named :
"jinetar" and the man who sells the stuff is a
What the Cubans like: the youngsters are mad about clothes, a T-shirt with a Nike, Puma, Adidas logo, sports shoes of the same brands.
Baseball caps, a jeans, flashy sunglasses
(cheap), a MP3 player...A watch and pens are wanted too, as a matter of fact they can use everything what they can sell for money. Girls are wild about cosmetics, eye-liner, perfume, shampoo etc.
Even tissues, toilet paper, soap and Asperine are very welcome.
Have a nice trip, and enjoy Havana.