Monthly Archives: August 2012

I’m homeeeee

By Madeline Schwid, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 Now that I have been back home for about  a month, life is starting to get back to normal. I’ve finally stopped saying “gracias” to people every time they hand me something and I’ve stopped having to think about how to say everything I want to… Read more »

Reflections on Cuba

By Claire Williams, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 Cristina Garcia, in her novel Dreaming in Cuban, wrote: “Cuba is a peculiar exile, I think, an island-colony. We can reach it by a thirty-minute charter flight from Miami, yet never reach it at all.” No single phrase has been or could be more accurate about… Read more »

The Beauty of the Conversation

By Avra Shapiro, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 Somehow, two months have passed, and we’re leaving tomorrow. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’m going to take away from my time here. Everything I’ve gained has come from the people, the Cuban people, with whom I’ve been lucky to interact. It is the… Read more »

Adventure Day

By Madeline Schwid, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 On Monday, three of us attempted to go to the national zoo, but once we took the 45 minute cab ride out to it, we found out it is closed on Mondays. Not wanting to have wasted out time and our 10 cuc, we decided to… Read more »

A Brief Reflection on Cuban Culture and Life

By Lauren Sadowsky, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 • Habana Vieja is beautiful and the skyline along the Malecon is gorgeous • Food served in casas particulares (family stay homes) is far superior to the food served by paladares (family-run restaurants) • There are two main currencies – CUC: Cuban Convertible Pesos which is… Read more »

Week 6 Recap

By Lauren Sadowsky, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 Last week, our group went on a mini-trip to the eastern side of the Cuban island. We originally were to travel all the way to Santiago to go to Carnival; however, due to the Cuban nature of plans never being set in stone, cholera broke out… Read more »

Top ten – weeks five and six

By Claire Williams, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 As you might have noticed, my week five post failed to appear entirely and my week six post, here, is ambling along, as late as your average Cuban. To apologize for that tardiness, I have three words: Trinidad, Camagüey, and birthday. Not only did we depart… Read more »