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Escaping Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

Escaping Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

Myles Watkins,
Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


Filed under Campus, Features

Upon his initial arrival to Puerto Rico, CSUEB student Juan Palencia was ready to experience life as an exchange student on the paradise-like island. However, instead of enjoying bright blue bioluminescent pools, finding hidden beaches with new friends, and embracing local culture, Palencia faced down a ...

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.

Cuba teaches student to ‘go with the flow’

Cuba teaches student to ‘go with the flow’

Hannah Childress,
Contributor

August 30, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Study Abroad: Cuba

On my last day of exploring in Cuba I decided to return to Marina Hemingway for one last visit in hopes of catching an interview with the dive master at the local scuba dive shack and capture a few more photos of this ghost town of a resort. I arrived at the entrance to the marina at abo...

‘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...

Allison Weseman

Allison Weseman

Allison Weseman,
Contributor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Blogs

Exploring Casa Blanca As I’m taking in the sights and sounds of Cuba, I realized that I have only stayed in Havana and hadn't been to other cities such as Casa Blanca. I knew that it in order to get an idea of how most Cubans live, I would have to get out of my comfort zone. Public transport...

Mitch Scorza

Mitch Scorza

Mitch Scorza,
Contributor

August 27, 2017


Filed under Blogs

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...

Juana Davila

Juana Davila

Juana Davila,
Contributor

August 27, 2017


Filed under Blogs

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....

Danielle Thompson

Danielle Thompson

Danielle Thompson,
Contributor

August 24, 2017


Filed under Blogs

La Gente The people of Havana, Cuba are exceptionally bright and personable. Everyone I've encountered during these first three days has been helpful, friendly and funny. The people here also seem to love Americans! Whenever someone finds out we're Americans, they want to tell us great places ...

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...

Daniel Larios

Daniel Larios

Daniel Larios,
Contributor

August 23, 2017


Filed under Blogs

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 you’re...

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