Posts By: International Program Development

FEELINGS

by Daisy Villegas Warning! You may develop serious feelings/ an attachment to Cuba. It feels like a dream sometimes. I keep meaning to wake up, to understand that it was all too good to be true. I have almost always condoned the common saying that, “Studying abroad changes you.” However, after spending a summer abroad in… Read more »

“So how was Cuba?”

by Brendan Morales-Doyle It has been an odd experience readjusting from spending a couple of months in Cuba. My first impression, even while still on the plane flying over Miami, was how sleek everything looked here, from the lawns to the cars to the pools. I then refused to buy bottled water in the airport,… Read more »

Malecón Monday

by Michael Fuentes Havana is a city filled with colonial architecture, beautiful old structures, and what is sometimes referred to as “Romantic Decay”. Cuba’s isolationist politics have kept it safe from capitalist development moguls, building big modern hotels, restaurants, businesses and more. The streets of Havana appear relatively unchanged over a period of decades. The… Read more »

Viva la Revolución

by Michael Fuentes In Cuba, there’s always talk of the Revolution of January 1959. Revolutionary forces (known as the Movimiento del 26) led by Fidel Castro, triumphed over the oppressive authoritarian government of Fulgencio Bautista. The extravagant Presidential Palace, pictured here, was the seat of power for Fidel Castro’s new government. Today, the palace has… Read more »

“The Important Day”

by Daisy Villegas The excitement was tangible. It lay thick and hazy like afternoon sun. The building that for so long had been named the U.S. Special Interests building was now officially becoming the U.S. Embassy. As I stood outside the building, neck to neck with reporters competing for the best shot of the building and… Read more »

Learning the Cuban Way

by Daisy Villegas Being in Cuba is unlike being in any other Latin American country. I learned this faster than I could sweat. The first week challenged me in ways that I never anticipated. Aside from the unavoidable difficulties of adjusting to the heat and finding drinkable water, I was struck by how lost I felt… Read more »

A Whole New World

by Daisy Villegas I have only ever seen Cuba in tacky postcards, newspaper clippings, and in music videos. I never thought that I would someday see it for myself. In just two days, I will live and experience what all the postcards and newspaper articles have never been able to communicate—what life in Cuba is really… Read more »

Thoughts on the Trip Ahead

by Michael Fuentes My name is Mike Fuentes, I’ve just finished my second year of undergrad at Northwestern University, and I’m studying Economics and Spanish. When I chose to study in Cuba over the summer, I think I was drawn in by a lot of different factors. First, Cuba is a beautiful country with rich… Read more »

Looking Back

Lucy Blumberg, Public Health in Cuba 2014 It’s hard to remember how I thought about the world before going to Cuba, because right now it all seems different. I return to my global health classes more eager and with a story to tell, giving relevant anecdotes to theories and figures that felt out of my… Read more »