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Christina Galanakis

Christina Galanakis

Christina Galanakis,
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August 25, 2017


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The Cuban Mafioso Havana is rich in character from every nook and cranny, so it’s almost impossible to produce images less than perfect. While exploring Havana on this particular day, however, I witnessed a moment in time so picture-perfect that I felt the immediate need to stop and capture it. ...

Daniel Arevalo

Daniel Arevalo

Daniel Arevalo,
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August 24, 2017


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Expression of love and emotion From fifth grade to junior year of high school, I played the alto saxophone for the symphonic and jazz classes. I never loved it, however. I was always too timid to solo, too scared to risk being vulnerable in front of an audience.  My teachers always pushed me to t...

Danielle Thompson

Danielle Thompson

Danielle Thompson,
Contributor

August 24, 2017


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La Gente The people of Havana, Cuba are exceptionally bright and personable. Everyone I've encountered during these first three days has been helpful, friendly and funny. The people here also seem to love Americans! Whenever someone finds out we're Americans, they want to tell us great places ...

Christine Andersen

Christine Andersen

Christine Andersen,
Contributor

August 24, 2017


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Crazy tropical storm 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...

Daniel Larios

Daniel Larios

Daniel Larios,
Contributor

August 23, 2017


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First impression When you finally get to see that movie that’s been blowing up the box office or somehow manage to get a table at the hottest restaurant in the city, often times the hype gets built up so much that when you finally get to experience it, some of its panache is worn off and you’re...

Daisy Ortiz

Daisy Ortiz

Daisy Ortiz,
Spanish Editor

August 23, 2017


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Small business, big surprise Havana is a mix between gray and white. I say gray because unfortunately for some and a blessing for others, even the best parts of Havana aren’t what you would see in the United States. Many of the hotels are built in the middle of run-down buildings in which people...

Cristian Sanchez

Cristian Sanchez

Cristian Sanchez,
Contributor

August 23, 2017


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Breathless in a foreign land Just to get something out of the way let me start off by saying that I’m not an emotional person. At least not overtly emotional or sentimental. Sure, I’m passionate about a lot of things and I’ll express excitement every now and then but overall, let’s just say...

Communism, bad for whom?

Communism, bad for whom?

Stephanie Maniche,
Contributor

August 23, 2017


Filed under Study Abroad: Cuba

 Growing up, I always associated communism with being a bad thing and capitalism as being great. Sometimes in life, we just accept what we’re told if enough people are saying the same thing until we dig a bit deeper to find out for ourselves why we believe it.Today I question if the definitions ar...

Dance, dance, and viva la revolution

Dance, dance, and viva la revolution

Mitch Scorza,
Contributor

August 23, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Features, Showcase, Study Abroad: Cuba

On the weekends, we were set loose and cut free to explore the city as liberated tourists. We put our school material on hold for a couple of days, as we worked so hard throughout the week. It was time to celebrate, as far as we were concerned. There was only one place to go and that place i...

Camille Sparkman

Camille Sparkman

Camille Sparkman,
Contributor

August 23, 2017


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Patriotism or die 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 praise the uprising efforts of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. One can see their faces painted on the s...

Cameron Stover

Cameron Stover

Cameron Stover,
Contributor

August 23, 2017


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Currency Conundrum I visited Santa Maria beach with a few students on the third day of my Cuba experience. The water was a beautiful blue color and the Cuban culture was evident across the white sand. There were groups of Cubans congregated around a few musical instruments and dancing in unison. ...

Alexandra Archuleta

Alexandra Archuleta

Alexandra Archuleta,
Contributor

August 23, 2017


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Life in the slow lane Life for the socialist citizens of Havana, Cuba moves at a different pace. In the land of 1950s vintage cars, slow internet, and even slower hospitality, it’s more than apparent that the people of Havana are on island time. As my fourth day in Havana comes to a close, I can...

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