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Cuban hospitality

Cuban hospitality

Ruth Stone,
Contributor
September 21, 2017

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...

Tourism boosts Cubas ecomony

Tourism boosts Cuba’s ecomony

Daisy Ortiz,
Spanish Editor
September 21, 2017

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...

Cuba in the Raw

Christina Galanakis,
Contributor
September 20, 2017

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

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...

Tourism: Economic hope for Cuban people

Tourism: Economic hope for Cuban people

Daisy Ortiz,
Spanish Editor
August 29, 2017

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...

Coming back to my home, Madrid

Coming back to my home, Madrid

Daisy Ortiz,
Spanish Editor
August 23, 2017

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...

Dining overseas has its challenges for tourists

Dining overseas has its challenges for tourists

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
July 12, 2017

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...

Blog from Cuba: Small business, big surprise

Blog from Cuba: Small business, big surprise

Daisy Ortiz,
Spanish Editor
July 12, 2017

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...

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