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The dogs of Cuba

The dogs of Cuba

Wriaunna Brown,
Contributor

September 21, 2017


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In the bright, worn streets of a tourist-filled Old Havana, a furry canine laid seemingly lifeless on the cobblestone ground. As I walked closer to see if it was still breathing, the dog perked its head up before collapsing again under the blazing sun. In Cuba, there are growing numbers of animals,...

Cuban hospitality

Cuban hospitality

Ruth Stone,
Contributor

September 21, 2017


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When visiting Cuba, tourists have two different options on where they would like to stay; a traditional hotel, which would be the obvious choice, or a “casa particular.” With Cuba being an impoverished country, why not get some real Cuban culture and explore what great wonders a “casa” can offer ...

Relating to Cuba

Relating to Cuba

Rebecca Esparza,
Contributor

September 21, 2017


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We all need water to survive, we need dirt to plant seeds and with the mixture of the two it creates an element that we need in order to grow. They call this little community in Cuba the mud but not for the way I see it but because it is dirty and poor. Poverty is something that exists but nobody really t...

Cuba’s working women

Cuba’s working women

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

September 21, 2017


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In Cuba, this is a common occurrence, as women dominate much of the workforce. They work as museum curators, doctors, professors and teachers; they own businesses and hold public office. They make up 66 percent of the labor force and more than 70 percent of professionals are women, according to a study...

The shores of Cuba

The shores of Cuba

Hannah Childress,
Contributor

September 21, 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 ...

Working out in Havana

Working out in Havana

David Corrie Jr.,
Contributor

September 21, 2017


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With a lack of resources, income and support from the government, the fitness industry has been under complete independence by the professionals in the field. Fitness enthusiasts were forced to build their own equipment from scratch and use broken down machines from the eighties in order to get a pump...

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.

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