Monthly Archives: July 2011

Cuba, Croissants, and Communism

By Johanna Jahnke, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2011 In the past five weeks in Cuba, my group has experienced the wide array of costs and benefits that come hand-in-hand with living in a communist country. One of the most frequently faced encounters with communism, though, is slow service due to workers’ lack of motivation…. Read more »

The Caged Bird Sings in Cuba

By Alex Gunn, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2011 This past weekend, our group traveled to the western region of Cuba. Throughout the trip, one image kept appearing…a caged bird. This made me think back to a poem by Maya Angelou (that I’m pretty sure everyone had to read in high school) and these paintings… Read more »

Bring a Dictionary

By Johanna Jahnke, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2011 A minor detail of this particular study abroad experience is that our classes are taught in Spanish. In fact, it turns out the whole country functions in Spanish. Although I was highly aware of this fact when I chose to study abroad in Cuba, it was… Read more »

A Country Full of Irony

By Alex Gunn, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2011 Thus far in Cuba, we have interacted with a lot of different people. We have met a babalawo, a priest in the Santaria religion, taxi drivers, college students, professors, medical students, restaurant owners, and even the son of a general in the Cuban army. Despite the… Read more »

Getting the perfect balance

By Anna Krist, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2011 One of the best perks of studying abroad on an island has to be the beaches. Our first weekend here, we dragged ourselves out of bed at 6AM to catch a bus to Varadero, a beach about two hours away. We arrived at a hotel where… Read more »

The limits of censorship

By Emily Roskey, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2011 Last weekend we went to El Museo de las Bellas Artes (The Museum of the Beautiful Art) and got to understand Cuban culture and history through a new medium. Personally, I learn best by absorbing the same information but in different contexts, for example studying the… Read more »

The Architecture and History of Havana

By Anna Krist, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2011 This first week, we’ve been doing a lot of walking—walking to restaurants, back from dance clubs, and exploring neighborhoods.  Walking down a street in Havana, you can clearly see the different eras of Cuban history.  Buildings that were built during the 1700s are nestled in between… Read more »

Parque Lenin

By Johanna Jahnke, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2011 Last week we visited Parque Lenin, a community space built after the Revolution that, at the time of its creation, was meant to embody a communist utopia. The government hoped Parque Lenin would serve as a social and scenic forum, complete with a theater, aquarium, acres… Read more »