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The Dogs of Havana: Dog Culture in Cuba

Wriaunna Brown,
Contributor

September 20, 2017


Filed under Videos

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


Filed under Essays

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


Filed under Essays

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 ...

A walk through Caibarién in my grandfather’s shoes

A walk through Caibarién in my grandfather’s shoes

Daniel Arevalo,
Contributor

August 29, 2017


Filed under Essays

On Jan. 28, 1962, Juan Francisco Luna, or “Illo,” pronounced ee-yo, left his home at 3 a.m. towards the Atlantic Ocean just two blocks from his doorstep in Caibarién, Villa Clara, Cuba. From a "chapín," or rowboat, to a sailboat, to a fishing boat, there were a total of 14 refugees on board, just 9...

Habana strength

Habana strength

David Corrie Jr.,
Contributor

August 29, 2017


Filed under Essays

Sweat began to drip after spending all but five minutes inside Osorio’s Gym. There was no form of air conditioning besides a slight breeze making its way through the front entrance. “Two CUC,” Osorio replied when asked how much it was to work out at his gym. It looked like a basement garage of...

Cuban restaurants find ways to thrive despite US embargo

Cuban restaurants find ways to thrive despite US embargo

Camille Sparkman,
Contributor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Essays

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...

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


Filed under Essays

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


Filed under Essays

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


Filed under Blogs

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...

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