Monthly Archives: June 2012

Top ten – week one

By Claire Williams, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 I’ve decided that while I’m in Cuba, I’m going to write lists – the ten things I learned today, every day. Monday night was a good start, because I was still exhausted from travel and didn’t get into bed to write until almost two – when… Read more »

La fruta prohibida

By Michael Hernandez, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 As the 19 of us sat in the small, air-conditioned classroom at Casas de las Americas, surrounded by our professors for the next two months, the term coined by Professor Geraldo to describe the country sunk in. “The forbidden fruit.” We were finally in Cuba, after… Read more »

¡Bienvenidos a … Minnetonka? Miami?

By Lauren Sadowsky, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 The summer has just begun.  After struggling through the last of my finals and the end of the year, I finally arrived home in Minnetonka, Minnesota for a glorious ten day stay.  I visited with friends and saw family I hadn’t seen for several months.  Going… Read more »

Cuba Awaits

By Avra Shapiro, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 Here I sit, anxiously making pros and cons lists for various items with fellow Cuba go-er Amee. The truth is, we don’t really know what to eliminate because we don’t know what will be accessible and reasonably priced in Cuba. And frankly, we can’t wait to… Read more »

What We Leave Behind

By Claire Williams, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 As I walked into his room at 3:43 this morning to say goodbye, my older brother rolled over and sleepily blinked at me. “You’re leaving now?” He asked. “But it’s so early!” The surprise in his voice was evident. I’m not exactly known as a morning… Read more »

One day to go…

By Madeline Schwid, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 It’s two in the morning on June 16th. My flight to Miami leaves in about 36 hours to begin the first leg on my journey to Cuba. The short week I spent at home between finals and my departure was calm and relaxing, full of days… Read more »

“What are you doing this summer?”

By Michael Hernandez, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 It was the quintessential go-to question for striking up small talk as I hurried up and down the stairwells of my residence hall over the past weekend. As students finished up the last of their finals for spring quarter and eagerly packaged up their dorm rooms,… Read more »