I didn't expect much when I went to the Priceline website to purchase a ticket to California, but Virgin America accepts my offer, saving quite a bit. I can avoid the baggage fees purchasing what I need when I arrive. Timing is critical, so I will be at the DeafNation Expo while visiting my family in San Francisco . On Priceline, I also booked a hotel, unknowingly that it was an official hotel of DeafNation paying less than their rates. I rather get around on Bart, not having to deal with traffic, we we Deafies pays half fares. The national parks were shutdown due budget impasses in Congress, but the Walt Disney museum was open. My Deaf stepson took me to Napa valley to enjoy wine tasting then return to have dinner at the Mozzeria, Deaf owned Italian restaurant.
It's only an hour flight, Cuban visa can be bought during check-in at the airline counter before departure, just don't forget your passport. I exchanged dollars into their convertible (CUC) pesos upon arrival. I stayed at an hostel next to the baseball stadium. I focused on videotaping their culture alone rather than being somewhat biased traveling group with their hectic schedule. One day took a Soviet era Lada taxi to outskirts of Havana to visit a Deaf school. They asked me what we Deaf Americans do with our obsolete TTY as we are using VP nowadays, hopefully some organizations will donate those equipment. I felt like was blasted into the past, surrounded by all those vintage automobiles.