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Cuban lifestyle makes big impact

Cuban lifestyle makes big impact
July 26, 2017

Two weeks ago, I was a travel enthusiast and a student who wanted to accumulate as many credits as possible in order to graduate next spring. The study abroad program in Cuba seemed like the perfect opportunity,...

Money conversion causes confusion for tourists in Cuba

Money conversion causes confusion for tourists in Cuba
July 26, 2017

My parents always demanded that my siblings and I speak only Spanish in our household. We would learn English in school, so for the most part we followed their rule, not realizing how much it would pay...

A woman’s place in a foreign country

A woman's place in a foreign country
July 26, 2017

My favorite monument in Havana lives in the courtyard of the Plaza Vieja. A voluptuous woman wielding a fork rides a giant rooster that stands poised on one leg. There’s no plaque and no explanation...

Cuban neighborhood has familiar feel for me

Cuban neighborhood has familiar feel for me
July 19, 2017

My tour guide decided to take me to an area that had a bit more “poverty” or more poor houses, also known as “the projects.” The first thing I noticed was the graffiti, which was very...

Cuba opens American eyes

Cuba opens American eyes
July 19, 2017

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,...

Dining overseas has its challenges for tourists

Dining overseas has its challenges for tourists
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...

Has Fidel Castro’s death changed anything in the country?

Has Fidel Castro’s death changed anything in the country?
July 12, 2017

On Nov. 25, 2016, Cubans celebrated with pots and pans in the streets of Miami, joyful of what they thought would be a turning point for their homeland, Cuba. In the United States, we received...

Blog from Cuba: Small business, big surprise

Blog from Cuba: Small business, big surprise
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...

Off the grid, out of country: Visualizing two weeks in Havana, Cuba

Off the grid, out of country: Visualizing two weeks in Havana, Cuba
July 5, 2017

Just two months shy of my 24th birthday, I had never traveled outside of the United States. That changed on Friday when Havana, Cuba became my home for the next two weeks. Approximately 25 Cal State...

Cal State Cuba: Students make trek from Hayward to Havana this summer

Cal State Cuba: Students make trek from Hayward to Havana this summer
May 24, 2017

On June 30, approximately 25 Cal State East Bay students — including myself — will fly from Los Angeles to Havana, Cuba, where we will take classes in documentary film and photojournalism, and produce...

Voices from London: Can you do something you love as a career?

Primrose Hill
August 31, 2016

Our study abroad trip to London has taught me a very important outlook: your major does not define every aspect of your being, as us college students like to believe. This study abroad program is essentially...

People, Places and Things

Getting lost in the underground tube station confirms my thoughts that it's not so much about your destination, it's about the journey.
August 31, 2016

   

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