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Cuban hospitality

Cuban hospitality

Ruth Stone,
Contributor

September 21, 2017


Filed under Photos

When visiting Cuba, tourists have two different options on where they would like to stay; a traditional hotel, which would be the obvious choice, or a “casa particular.” With Cuba being an impoverished country, why not get some real Cuban culture and explore what great wonders a “casa” can offer ...

Tourism boosts Cuba’s ecomony

Tourism boosts Cuba’s ecomony

Daisy Ortiz,
Spanish Editor

September 21, 2017


Filed under Photos

Havana, Cuba is a city with warm beaches at just a 30-minute drive away, an old town filled with charm and colorful buildings. From an American perspective, Cuba looks like a place stuck in the 50s with old American cars, warm beaches, exhilarating music and a relaxed lifestyle, which makes it a per...

Cuba in the Raw

Christina Galanakis,
Contributor

September 20, 2017


Filed under Videos

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.

‘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...

Tourism: Economic hope for Cuban people

Tourism: Economic hope for Cuban people

Daisy Ortiz,
Spanish Editor

August 29, 2017


Filed under Essays

A crowd of people lines up against the Malecón near Old Havana late afternoon to wave goodbye to the cruise ship that came in earlier that week. People hold their phones up taking pictures with the ship as their background and even of it. This is the site every time a cruise ship says farewell and u...

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...

Dining overseas has its challenges for tourists

Dining overseas has its challenges for tourists

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

July 12, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Features, Showcase, Students Abroad, Study Abroad: Cuba

You can tell a lot about a culture by observing its mealtime rituals. In America, convenience and efficiency are prioritized over both quality of food and togetherness. In Cuba, the process is much slower and more laborious. Drive-thru’s don’t exist and you’re forced to take a more active role in d...

Blog from Cuba: Small business, big surprise

Blog from Cuba: Small business, big surprise

Daisy Ortiz,
Spanish Editor

July 12, 2017


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

Havana is a mix between grey and white. I say grey 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 people still live. Some b...

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