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Havana’s unique architecture and efforts to preserve it

Havana’s unique architecture and efforts to preserve it

Christine Andersen,
Contributor

August 28, 2017


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Walking through the streets of Havana is like walking through a nirvana of color, smells, culture and history. Roaming the narrow hallways, tourists enter small shops filled with the same souvenirs they’ve seen all over the city. Locals look out over the city squares from their balconies as groups ...

Cuban restaurants find ways to thrive despite US embargo

Cuban restaurants find ways to thrive despite US embargo

Camille Sparkman,
Contributor

August 28, 2017


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Shortly after 12 p.m. on a Thursday in Old Havana, a man donned in chef’s outfit is yelling out to people as they pass by in the sweltering sun. The chef is wearing a white hat and a short-sleeve shirt, black pants and shoes, and a scowl that would make Scrooge appear friendly. He is speaking in...

Allison Weseman

Allison Weseman

Allison Weseman,
Contributor

August 28, 2017


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Exploring Casa Blanca As I’m taking in the sights and sounds of Cuba, I realized that I have only stayed in Havana and hadn't been to other cities such as Casa Blanca. I knew that it in order to get an idea of how most Cubans live, I would have to get out of my comfort zone. Public transport...

Insatiable: Cuba’s food ration system and the people of Cuba

Insatiable: Cuba’s food ration system and the people of Cuba

Alexandra Archuleta,
Contributor

August 28, 2017


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The one and only man behind the counter is Juan Delgado*; today is his 25th birthday. He works from dawn to dusk, handing out rationed groceries and making marks in people’s ration books in the small government bodega far from the lavish shops and elegant hotels of central Havana. Here in this impoverish...

Cuban fitness, an evolving culture

Cuban fitness, an evolving culture

Adam Murphy,
Contributor

August 28, 2017


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It is a hot and humid afternoon in Havana, Cuba. The Spanish spoken around by the locals is foreign and different to me, but while walking by a nearby house, I recognize a familiar sound: the clanging and banging of weights and the grunting of men and women. Behind a locked chain link fence, I see a fa...

Wriaunna Brown

Wriaunna Brown

Wriaunna Brown,
Contributor

August 27, 2017


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The dogs of Havana Walking through the worn cobble streets of Old Havana, there lies a city filled with a deep rooted history that’s often misunderstood. Cuban culture is so dominant, that it presents itself in not only the architecture and the locals— but within the animals that roam the streets...

Stephen Freitas

Stephen Freitas

Stephen Freitas,
Contributor

August 27, 2017


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Taken for granted We as Americans take the most common things in this world for granted. We don’t even lift an eye to where these goods and services come from. The only thing on our mind is that we get them and that we can access them quickly. Here in Cuba, this is not the case. People can’t ju...

Stephanie Maniche

Stephanie Maniche

Stephanie Maniche,
Contributor

August 27, 2017


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Reality check After deplaning at Havana Airport and going through security, it still had not sunk in that I was in Cuba. The humidity, intense heat and the accents were not enough to confirm that I had reached my destination. I didn’t know that in just a few moments, I would encounter my reality...

Ruth Stone

Ruth Stone

Ruth Stone,
Contributor

August 27, 2017


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Fresh off the plane in Havana, Cuba Wow, what can I say? Cuba has blown my expectations and I only have been here for three days. Day to day life in Havana is vastly different from the United States which we’ve experienced due to the humidity, 1950s cars, and architecture. My fellow classmates and I...

Rebecca Esparza

Rebecca Esparza

Rebecca Esparza,
Contributor

August 27, 2017


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Family makes the world go round Red, blue and orange vacant buildings, rusted cars and garbage are what I continued to see as I walked through Havana. I kept seeing lightning and hearing thunder, hoping it wouldn't rain on me as I was searching for something to capture. Mind you, I wouldn't be wa...

Peter Wang

Peter Wang

Peter Wang,
Contributor

August 27, 2017


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How I met Andy I just can't believe I oversleep at the very beginning of our trip to Cuba, the first day in Cuba, the first morning in Cuba. I missed my first breakfast in Cuba, I let slip my first time to hang out with my friends and schoolmates in Cuba, I lost the chance to have a fantastic tour...

Mitch Scorza

Mitch Scorza

Mitch Scorza,
Contributor

August 27, 2017


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Salternative facts iAy que rico y sabor! Allow me to explain; in Latin American countries, this is a compliment mostly aimed at the food or “la comida.” In Cuba, the food has a bounty of flavor, but the phrase is not meant to describe only the food. This phrase is meant to showcase a lifes...

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