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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...

Permanent souvenirs from Cuba

Permanent souvenirs from Cuba

Allison Weseman,
Contributor

September 20, 2017


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Getting a tattoo while on vacation is not a new concept, as most tourists want to remember their time abroad. However, in a country that was only opened up to Americans two years ago, it might as well be an outlandish idea. Tattoos have come a long way since the heyday of the 1950s when they were asso...

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.

Baseball in Cuba

Daniel Larios,
Contributor

September 20, 2017


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In Major League Baseball, nearly one-third of all active players come from Latin America. Most of these players have the freedom to travel home during the offseason and visit their families or play in the Winter League. Cuban players do not have this option.

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!

The ripple effect of gentrification

The ripple effect of gentrification

Janice Sobrepena Domingo,
Contributor

August 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion

In the wake of new, high-end apartments being proposed in San Lorenzo, the word “gentrification” has been thrown around frequently in the East Bay. However, not many people have a firm grasp on what exactly it means. The term itself was coined in 1964 by British Sociologist Ruth Glass ...

Cuba teaches student to ‘go with the flow’

Cuba teaches student to ‘go with the flow’

Hannah Childress,
Contributor

August 30, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Study Abroad: Cuba

On my last day of exploring in Cuba I decided to return to Marina Hemingway for one last visit in hopes of catching an interview with the dive master at the local scuba dive shack and capture a few more photos of this ghost town of a resort. I arrived at the entrance to the marina at abo...

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 ...

The dogs of Havana

The dogs of Havana

Wriaunna Brown,
Contributor

August 29, 2017


Filed under Essays

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,...

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