Monthly Archives: July 2012

An Unexpected Friend

By Avra Shapiro, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 My favorite part of traveling is the unplanned. The unexpected. The random occurrences that lead to other random occurrences  that make you wonder, at the end of day, “Wow. What if I hadn’t turned that corner at that exact moment and then hadn’t met that person?… Read more »

The Four Phases of Cultural Adjustment

By Michael Hernandez, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 I recall sitting in Swift 107 during spring quarter of my sophomore year, watching the rising sun glint off the sleepy waves of Lake Michigan. As the clock ticked closer to 8am, my dreary-eyed classmates began walking into the lecture hall, clutching cups of Starbucks in… Read more »

Weekend in Vinales

By Madeline Schwid, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 This past weekend we left the city and ventured out to the countryside. We stayed in casas particulares in the small town of Vinales. In this town the houses were very small and close together and most of the roads were unpaved. The windows had no… Read more »

Top ten – week four

By Claire Williams, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 After almost a full week of classes, it was off to the countryside to ride horses, roast a pig, and enjoy some smog-free air. From my class readings to late-night chats on the porch with friends new and newer, these are the carefully chosen top ten… Read more »

Art Classes

By Madeline Schwid, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 Starting this week Leah and I have been taking art classes from a local artist here in Havana. We met last week to go shopping for supplies in Central Havana. The store that we went to was very undersupplied and did not have many basic colors… Read more »

Top ten – week three

By Claire Williams, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 This week, I learned that when you’re living in a foreign country, it’s best to expect that nothing will turn out as planned. You might find yourself breaking up with someone you saw in the rest of your life. You might meet someone on the beach… Read more »

A Brief Tour I: Our Homes

By Michael Hernandez, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 So I feel like this somehow goes against the typical blog post, but I’ve been itching to provide you all with a sort of descriptive tour of my new home here in Havana. So that’s what I’m going to do. My first post will be about… Read more »