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Relating to Cuba

Relating to Cuba

Rebecca Esparza,
Contributor

September 21, 2017


Filed under Photos

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...

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...

What’s understood doesn’t need to be explained?

What’s understood doesn’t need to be explained?

Rebecca Esparza,
Contributor

August 29, 2017


Filed under Essays

We all need water to survive, we need dirt to plant seeds and the mixture of the two 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...

Ruth Stone

Ruth Stone

Ruth Stone,
Contributor

August 27, 2017


Filed under Blogs

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


Filed under Blogs

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...

Christine Andersen

Christine Andersen

Christine Andersen,
Contributor

August 24, 2017


Filed under Blogs

Crazy tropical storm I’ve traveled to a lot of different countries and experienced a lot of different weather, but nothing else quite compares to the storm we experienced last night in Havana. The rain came down so hard, so fast, followed by super loud thunder and bright lightning. It was insane...

Alexandra Archuleta

Alexandra Archuleta

Alexandra Archuleta,
Contributor

August 23, 2017


Filed under Blogs

Life in the slow lane Life for the socialist citizens of Havana, Cuba moves at a different pace. In the land of 1950s vintage cars, slow internet, and even slower hospitality, it’s more than apparent that the people of Havana are on island time. As my fourth day in Havana comes to a close, I can...

Perspective is always half of the battle

Perspective is always half of the battle

Alexandra Archuleta,
Contributor

August 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Study Abroad: Cuba

As I spend increasingly more time walking the streets and conversing with the people of Havana, I slowly begin to discover that the overall impression someone develops on a topic is almost entirely reliant on perspective, and only a very small part relies on the actual circumstance itself.  The concept...

The human spirit in a neglected Havana

The human spirit in a neglected Havana

Hannah Childress,
Contributor

August 10, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Study Abroad: Cuba

Some might look at the city of Havana, Cuba and think that the conditions of the neglected buildings would affect the demeanor of the local residents however this is far from the truth. Cuba’s deprived economy has lead to the neglect of maintaining the iconic buildings of Havana and over many de...

Cuban neighborhood has familiar feel for me

Cuban neighborhood has familiar feel for me

Rebecca Esparza,
Contributor

July 19, 2017


Filed under Campus, Opinion, Students Abroad, Study Abroad: Cuba

My tour guide decided to take me to an area that had a bit more “poverty” or more poor houses, also known as “the projects.” The first thing I noticed was the graffiti, which was very similar to back home. I admired the kids from the block playing together. That’s what I used to ...

Cuba opens American eyes

Cuba opens American eyes

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

July 19, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Students Abroad, Study Abroad: Cuba

The warm water, palm trees and crystal-white sand of the Santa Maria beach were everything I pictured when I used to think of Cuba, a picturesque island in the Caribbean. However, over the past four days, my rosy tourist perspective has disintegrated as my eyes open to the real Cuba, a very different...

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