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La libreta

La libreta

Alexandra Archuleta,
Contributor
August 21, 2017
Filed under Photos

Cuban, government-owned supermarkets, otherwise known as bodegas, have been controlled by the Cuban government since Fidel Castro implemented a rations system in 1962. From Castro’s regime to present day, families are required to bring their state-issued ration book, known as la libreta, each time...

Fitness culture in Cuba

Fitness culture in Cuba

Adam Murphy,
Contributor
August 21, 2017
Filed under Photos

As Cuba’s communist government increasingly opens up to the world and embraces a more free market economy, it will be interesting to see how the island and its fitness culture changes. Only time will tell, but the passion and desire for this culture are already vibrant on the island and will only gro...

Perspective is always half of the battle

Perspective is always half of the battle

Alexandra Archuleta,
Contributor
August 17, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Study Abroad: Cuba

As I spend increasingly more time walking the streets and conversing with the people of Havana, I slowly begin to discover that the overall impression someone develops on a topic is almost entirely reliant on perspective, and only a very small part relies on the actual circumstance itself.  The concept...

A crazy tropical storm experience

A crazy tropical storm experience

Christina Andersen,
Contributor
August 17, 2017
Filed under Study Abroad: Cuba

I’ve traveled to a lot of different countries, and experienced a lot of different weather, but nothing else quite compares to the storm we experienced last night in Havana. The rain came down so hard, so fast, followed by super loud thunder and bright lightning. It was insane how quickly the weather...

Baseball culture in Cuba alive and thriving

Baseball culture in Cuba alive and thriving

Daniel Larios,
Contributor
August 17, 2017
Filed under Features, Showcase, Sports, Study Abroad: Cuba

We got word there was a recreational baseball field where locals go to play pick-up games a couple of kilometers away from our hotel. In the hopes of recording a casual interview, we decided to pack a few things and head out that way. We figured the worst-case scenario is we’d get some b-roll or pictures...

Paradise in a dark alley

Paradise in a dark alley

Juana Davila,
Contributor
August 10, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Study Abroad: Cuba

Old Havana is beautiful during the night; it’s like a never ending fiesta. Parents are out with their children, young couples are taking a stroll while street musicians work their magic, and others are huddled together in the wifi hotspot in front of the public library. As a foreigner, the restaura...

Friendliness of Cuban people

Friendliness of Cuban people

Stephen Freitas,
Contributor
August 10, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Study Abroad: Cuba

Since coming to Cuba, I have noticed the difference in how the Cuban people interact with others. In particular, in the way that they interact with strangers on the streets. My observations have brought me to the conclusion that Cuba is what we would call a “high context’ society. This is a definition f...

The human spirit in a neglected Havana

The human spirit in a neglected Havana

Hannah Childress,
Contributor
August 10, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Study Abroad: Cuba

Some might look at the city of Havana, Cuba and think that the conditions of the neglected buildings would affect the demeanor of the local residents however this is far from the truth. Cuba’s deprived economy has lead to the neglect of maintaining the iconic buildings of Havana and over many de...

Welcome to my country, no photos please

Welcome to my country, no photos please

Adam Murphy,
Contributor
August 2, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Study Abroad: Cuba

Today was my third full day in Cuba, but my first as a photojournalist. Unlike other students on my trip to Cuba, I am not proficient in taking pictures on a professional camera. To make up for this, our professor gave us a crash course in about an hour. Afterward, we were directed to go practice ta...

Patriotism, rebellion, relics in Cuba

Patriotism, rebellion, relics in Cuba

Camille Sparkman,
Contributor
August 2, 2017
Filed under Study Abroad: Cuba

After arriving in Cuba, it did not take long to see how the Cubans honor the revolution that occurred over fifty-years ago. I saw many billboards and murals in and around Havana that praised the uprising efforts of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. Their faces can be seen painted on the side of build...

Cuban lifestyle makes big impact

Cuban lifestyle makes big impact

Daisy Ortiz,
Spanish Editor
July 26, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Students Abroad, Study Abroad: Cuba

Two weeks ago, I was a travel enthusiast and a student who wanted to accumulate as many credits as possible in order to graduate next spring. The study abroad program in Cuba seemed like the perfect opportunity, especially for my communication major and because the program was journalism specific. I ...

Money conversion causes confusion for tourists in Cuba

Money conversion causes confusion for tourists in Cuba

Daisy Ortiz,
Spanish Editor
July 26, 2017
Filed under Campus, Students Abroad, Study Abroad: Cuba

My parents always demanded that my siblings and I speak only Spanish in our household. We would learn English in school, so for the most part we followed their rule, not realizing how much it would pay back later. When first arriving to Cuba, the language barrier wasn’t under my list of concerns. I kn...

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