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Daniel Larios

Daniel Larios

Daniel Larios,
Contributor
August 23, 2017
Filed under Blogs

Blog 1: First impression When you finally get to see that movie that’s been blowing up the box office or somehow manage to get a table at the hottest restaurant in the city, often times the hype gets built up so much that when you finally get to experience it, some of its panache is worn off and ...

Coming back to my home, Madrid

Coming back to my home, Madrid

Daisy Ortiz,
Spanish Editor
August 23, 2017
Filed under Opinion

About six months ago, my cousins, my younger sister and I decided to buy tickets to Europe. A round trip cost us around $400—a surprisingly good deal—so we took the plunge. This isn’t my first time in Europe; in fact, it's my fourth time coming back and my third time coming to Madrid. The sc...

Daisy Ortiz

Daisy Ortiz

Daisy Ortiz,
Spanish Editor
August 23, 2017
Filed under Blogs

Blog 1: Small business, big surprise Havana is a mix between gray and white. I say gray because unfortunately for some and a blessing for others, even the best parts of Havana aren’t what you would see in the United States. Many of the hotels are built in the middle of run-down buildings in which pe...

Cristian Sanchez

Cristian Sanchez

Cristian Sanchez,
Contributor
August 23, 2017
Filed under Blogs

Blog 1: Breathless in a foreign land Just to get something out of the way let me start off by saying that I’m not an emotional person. At least not overtly emotional or sentimental. Sure, I’m passionate about a lot of things and I’ll express excitement every now and then but overall, let’s ...

Communism, bad for whom?

Communism, bad for whom?

Stephanie Maniche,
Contributor
August 23, 2017
Filed under Study Abroad: Cuba

 Growing up, I always associated communism with being a bad thing and capitalism as being great. Sometimes in life, we just accept what we’re told if enough people are saying the same thing until we dig a bit deeper to find out for ourselves why we believe it.Today I question if the definitions ar...

Dance, dance, and viva la revolution

Dance, dance, and viva la revolution

Mitch Scorza,
Contributor
August 23, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Features, Showcase, Study Abroad: Cuba

On the weekends, we are set loose and cut free to explore the city as liberated tourists. We put our school material on hold for a couple of days as we have worked so hard throughout the week. It’s time to celebrate as far as we were concerned. There was only one place to go and that plac...

Camille Sparkman

Camille Sparkman

Camille Sparkman,
Contributor
August 23, 2017
Filed under Blogs

Blog 1: Patriotism or die After arriving in Cuba, it did not take long to see how the Cubans honor the revolution that occurred over fifty-years ago. I saw many billboards and murals in and around Havana that praise the uprising efforts of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. One can see their faces painted ...

Cameron Stover

Cameron Stover

Cameron Stover,
Contributor
August 23, 2017
Filed under Blogs

Blog 1: Currency Conundrum I visited Santa Maria beach with a few students on the third day of my Cuba experience. The water was a beautiful blue color and the Cuban culture was evident across the white sand. There were groups of Cubans congregated around a few musical instruments and dancing in uniso...

Alexandra Archuleta

Alexandra Archuleta

Alexandra Archuleta,
Contributor
August 23, 2017
Filed under Blogs

Blog 1: 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...

Adam Murphy

Adam Murphy

Adam Murphy,
Contributor
August 23, 2017
Filed under Blogs

Blog 1: "No fotos por favor" Today was my third full day in Cuba, but my first as a photojournalist. Unlike other students on my trip to Cuba, I am not proficient in taking pictures on a professional camera. To make up for this our professor gave us a crash course class in about an hour. After which we w...

The restauranteurs of Havana

The restauranteurs of Havana

Camille Sparkman,
Contributor
August 22, 2017
Filed under Photos

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 leveled the economic playing field for its citizens, essenti...

A permanent souvenir from Cuba

A permanent souvenir from Cuba

Allison Weseman,
Contributor
August 22, 2017
Filed under Photos

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.

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