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Cuba’s place in Latin American history

Cuba’s place in Latin American history

Cristian Sanchez,
Contributor

September 20, 2017


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The underlying cause for most of these revolutions in Latin America is, to my mind, more rooted in the want of economic and national independence. When most of these lands are reaped for their benefits by overseas investors and business conglomerates while the country itself sees little to none of s...

Cuba’s unique architecture

Cuba’s unique architecture

Christine Andersen,
Contributor

September 20, 2017


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Havana is home to some of the most unique architecture in the world. The earliest architecture in Havana reflects medieval Spanish style, but Havana has gone through many architectural renaissances over time. There are hints of early Spanish, Greek, Italian, and Roman styles scattered all over the city....

The restaurateurs of Havana

The restaurateurs of Havana

Camille Sparkman,
Contributor

September 20, 2017


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Somewhere around 80% of Cuba’s industries are owned and operated by the Cuban government, including restaurants. It has been this way since the 1960s when Cuba became a socialist government. Under the socialist regime, the Cuban government made a leveled economic playing field for its citizens, essenti...

La libreta

La libreta

Alexandra Archuleta,
Contributor

September 20, 2017


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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 they...

Fitness culture in Cuba

Fitness culture in Cuba

Adam Murphy,
Contributor

September 20, 2017


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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...

Cuba in the Raw

Christina Galanakis,
Contributor

September 20, 2017


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There’s a tenuous balance between tourism as a problem and as a solution for Cuba. Despite the negative effects, the continued presence of the embargo precludes most other options for Cubans.

The Dogs of Havana: Dog Culture in Cuba

Wriaunna Brown,
Contributor

September 20, 2017


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There are approximately 600 million stray animals in the world. I decided to explore the dog culture in Havana, Cuba and how it remains strong despite the lack of resources!

Local residents make neighborhood feel friendly

Local residents make neighborhood feel friendly

Juana Davila,
Contributor

August 30, 2017


Filed under Study Abroad: Cuba

When you are holding a camera while taking a stroll through Havana’s streets, people are either going to ask you to take a picture or charge you 1 to 2 CUCs for a photo. To some extent, I was surprised at the number of people who actually asked me to take their photo. I guess I expected the ...

Modification of old cars in Cuba

Modification of old cars in Cuba

Peter Wang,
Contributor

August 29, 2017


Filed under Essays

Watching the movie “Fast and Furious 8” was an amazing experience that bonded me with Cuba. As a petrol head, illegal street racing scene in the movies can always touch my heart, while this time it blew my mind by showing 1949 Chevrolets Fleetlin race 1956 Ford Crown Victoria on the ramshackle, h...

Everyday life in Cuba is simpler than you imagine

Everyday life in Cuba is simpler than you imagine

Stephanie Maniche,
Contributor

August 29, 2017


Filed under Essays

It is always interesting when traveling abroad to experience that first reality check, which confirms you are not home. Today, in Havana, Cuba it is expected you will see cars from the 1950s, a not-so-modern airport, and experience weather in the triple digits always accompanied by humidity. What wasn’t expe...

‘Casa Particulars’ in Havana, Cuba

‘Casa Particulars’ in Havana, Cuba

Ruth Stone,
Contributor

August 29, 2017


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Walking down 7th street in Central Havana, Cuba on a hot 87-degree day, I stumbled upon a brightly colored house, which caught my attention. The cheerful yellow and white crown molding invited me in. By the entrance, there was a dark blue “casa particular” sign in the window. A group of Cubans was...

Cuba’s coastline is no man’s land

Cuba’s coastline is no man’s land

Hannah Childress,
Contributor

August 29, 2017


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Gaining access to information on water activities in Cuba proved harder than expected. Some local Cubans claimed that access to water for recreational or commercial purposes is strictly prohibited or limited. As one local street artist who goes by Martí said, “It is learning to see the lies… to ...

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