I'm doing my first Cuban, Cycling, Solo trip at the end of October and would really appreciate some insider tips from those that have been before or know about the trip. It's a list of questions so don't feel obliged to answer all of them in one go. But any info would be really appreciated. I'd hate to get there and find i'm missed a trick that would have made it easier.
1) Will there be chance to wash cycle shorts/t-shirts etc enroute or do i need to buy a set for every day?
2) Am i going to feel out of place wearing my cycle shorts under normal board shorts that i wear for cycling?
3) Will we be able to buy suitable drinks to keep ourselves topped up while cycling (i get very thirsty)?
4) I've heard it's not advisable to take iPhones or SLR camera's on the trip due to some Customs issue with foreign products. Is that so or just someone winding me up?
5) Will there be opportunities to grab an opportunistic photo enroute or is it a blast from point a - b? If so, is an SLR a bit much?
6) Do we take a personal backpack while cycling to put our junk in for the day (drink. camera, suntan lotion etc).
7) Re leaving gifts for the locals, i see small bottles of shampoo seem well recieved. How many are we likely to need (just roughly). I was thinking of buying a dozen travel size bottles from Boots or similar to hand out as appropriate.
8) Is it true you can only get the Cuban currency in Cuba? If so, i presume we'll be able to queue at the airport to exchange before moving on?
Thanks in advance.