Posts Categorized: Culture

Half of My Heart is in Havana

After the sheer panic I experienced due to misplacing my visa, I immediately felt waves of sadness come over me as I climbed into our bus and watched Casa Lilly disappear. Along with exhaustion, I also felt as though part of me had been left in Havana as I waited in the Miami airport (cue… Read more »

A Little Last Minute Shopping

We just got back from Trinidad and I am on a mission. I need to get souvenirs, cigars, and rum before we celebrate our last night out. A friend and I set out at 9 AM as I have agreed to help him get supplies for his nephew’s birthday party tomorrow. We spent the whole… Read more »

El Morro

At about 7 pm, I headed out of my apartment on 13 and G. Meeting up with friends on Linea, we caught a taxi and headed to El Morro to see the sunset. El Morro is a huge castle on the Malecón, marking the entrance into Havana Bay. Tourists flock to this enchanting landmark to… Read more »

Horses and Hills

Classes are over! We had our final cinema class and watched a family comedy called Family Video which centered on a nuclear Cuban family. The themes focused on generational differences, sexuality, authority, and reconciliation. The funny thing for me was that the stereotypical nuclear Cuban family looked a lot like the stereotypical nuclear Caribbean family;… Read more »

How much a dollar costs

It’s been interesting coming to a country to observe and be observed. We’ve discussed at length the role of the tourist and the ethical dilemmas that may arise as a tourist; what are role here is. I’ve mulled over it in my own mind and I think that tourism is sadly a large sector of… Read more »

July 8th

Las Terrazas is part utopian society and part resort. We effectively visited neither today while being there for nearly five hours. Before I communicate the wrong message, though, let me say out front that it was a fantastic day. The bus arrived 40 minutes late to take us over two hours of the city to… Read more »

Brochetas Peligrosas

One hot afternoon after a 3-hour Culture & Society class, a group of girls and I decided to eat lunch at a local cafeteria before returning to CEM for our afternoon activity. I ordered brochetas de cerdo that looked like the best kabobs I had ever seen, artistically skewered into a thick slice of grilled… Read more »

July 2nd

They told us Cubans are resilient. But resiliency takes on an entirely different meaning when you have to be resilient. Such that, Cuban resiliency is not a characteristic that is chosen or slowly molded; instead, Cubans, today, are practically born resourceful, intuitive, and canny. The Cuban “máquina” (Spanish for machine) perfectly encapsulates this ingenuity. The… Read more »

Getting Back Home

Right now I’m sitting in my dorm room, settled into life on campus. At first the transition to the US was hard. I don’t think I’ll ever forget what it felt like to step into the Miami airport and feel air conditioning again. It was so strange. What was something I never paid attention to before… Read more »

Four canes, a tarp, and a light

It’s hard to believe that it is already my last week in Cuba. So much time has gone by, but in many ways it feels like we just got here yesterday. We only just started working with Teatro Buendía (a world renowned theatre company in Cuba) a few weeks ago.They perform a lot of adaptations… Read more »