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Stephanie Maniche

Stephanie Maniche

Stephanie Maniche,
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August 27, 2017


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Reality check After deplaning at Havana Airport and going through security, it still had not sunk in that I was in Cuba. The humidity, intense heat and the accents were not enough to confirm that I had reached my destination. I didn’t know that in just a few moments, I would encounter my reality...

Ruth Stone

Ruth Stone

Ruth Stone,
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August 27, 2017


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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,
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August 27, 2017


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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...

Peter Wang

Peter Wang

Peter Wang,
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August 27, 2017


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How I met Andy I just can't believe I oversleep at the very beginning of our trip to Cuba, the first day in Cuba, the first morning in Cuba. I missed my first breakfast in Cuba, I let slip my first time to hang out with my friends and schoolmates in Cuba, I lost the chance to have a fantastic tour...

Mitch Scorza

Mitch Scorza

Mitch Scorza,
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August 27, 2017


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Salternative facts iAy que rico y sabor! Allow me to explain; in Latin American countries, this is a compliment mostly aimed at the food or “la comida.” In Cuba, the food has a bounty of flavor, but the phrase is not meant to describe only the food. This phrase is meant to showcase a lifes...

Kali Persall

Kali Persall

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

August 27, 2017


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The garbage revolution 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 increasingly open t...

Juana Davila

Juana Davila

Juana Davila,
Contributor

August 27, 2017


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Paradise in a dark alley Old Havana is beautiful during the night; it’s like a never ending fiesta. Parents are out with their children, young couples are taking a stroll while street musicians work their magic, and others are huddled together in the wifi hotspot in front of the public library....

Hannah Childress

Hannah Childress

Hannah Childress,
Contributor

August 27, 2017


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Pride for the Malecón; neglect of the water beyond For many years the Malecón, which separates the city of Havana, Cuba from the Caribbean Sea, has been frequently used as a social gathering spot for residents of Havana. In previous years locals would use the water beyond the Malecón as an escape fro...

Donnisha Brown

Donnisha Brown

Donnisha Brown,
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August 27, 2017


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A Cuban is a Cuban In the United States, there are African Americans, Chinese Americans, Mexican Americans and many more Americans. Although it is not directly defined by race, wealth, livelihood and overall quality of life is differentiated culture to culture, neighborhood to neighborhood. In Hav...

David Corrie Jr.

David Corrie Jr.

David Corrie Jr.,
Contributor

August 25, 2017


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First glimpse of fitness My first few days in Havana Cuba have been quite an experience. When first arriving in the country, we took a van to the hotel and had a nice journey through the city as we explored some of the outskirts. One thing that was very interesting to see was a building that look...

Christina Galanakis

Christina Galanakis

Christina Galanakis,
Contributor

August 25, 2017


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The Cuban Mafioso Havana is rich in character from every nook and cranny, so it’s almost impossible to produce images less than perfect. While exploring Havana on this particular day, however, I witnessed a moment in time so picture-perfect that I felt the immediate need to stop and capture it. ...

Daniel Arevalo

Daniel Arevalo

Daniel Arevalo,
Contributor

August 24, 2017


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Expression of love and emotion From fifth grade to junior year of high school, I played the alto saxophone for the symphonic and jazz classes. I never loved it, however. I was always too timid to solo, too scared to risk being vulnerable in front of an audience.  My teachers always pushed me to t...

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