Posts Categorized: NU in Cuba 2011

The Run Through History – A 5K

By Alex Gunn, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2011 As I mentioned in my last post, I have gone on a lot of runs and explored a lot of different parts of Havana. I’ve seen the Necropolis de Colon (one of the largest cemetaries in the western hemisphere), the Havana zoo (which is home to… Read more »

Tourists…yuck

By Alex Gunn, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2011 This past weekend our group ventured to Trinidad, one of the oldest cities in Cuba. It was a great trip that was highlighted by a club in a series of Caverns, a horseback ride to a beautiful waterfall, and a beautiful beach. There was one part… Read more »

Sayings from Cuba – Dichos Cubanos

By Emily Roskey, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2011 “No se puede hacer nada, pero se puede resolver todo” (In Cuba, nothing can be done, but anything can be resolved) Los Cubanos tienen tres derechos: el derecho a la educación, el derecho a la salúd, y el derecho a robar del gobierno (Cubans have three… Read more »

La canchancara

By Emily Roskey, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2011 La canchancara is by far my favorite Cuban beverage. This past weekend we traveled to Trinidad de Cuba and were introduced to this simple yet delicious traditional recipe. The drink is made with aguardiente, a type of alcohol obtained by fermentation and later distillation of molasses…. Read more »

Carnival in Santiago

By Anna Krist, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2011 This past week, we took a week-long trip through the provinces, visiting Camagüey, Santiago, and Santa Clara.  We were lucky enough to be in Santiago during Carnival and watch the parades on the 26th of July.  This is the last and most important night of Carnival,… Read more »

Getting Around the City

By Anna Krist, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2011 One of my favorite things to do in Havana is to take taxis.  For one thing, the rides are a much-needed break from the brutal heat.  As we zip through the streets, the wind streams in through the open windows, providing relief even when we’re stuffed… Read more »

Cuba, Croissants, and Communism

By Johanna Jahnke, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2011 In the past five weeks in Cuba, my group has experienced the wide array of costs and benefits that come hand-in-hand with living in a communist country. One of the most frequently faced encounters with communism, though, is slow service due to workers’ lack of motivation…. Read more »

The Caged Bird Sings in Cuba

By Alex Gunn, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2011 This past weekend, our group traveled to the western region of Cuba. Throughout the trip, one image kept appearing…a caged bird. This made me think back to a poem by Maya Angelou (that I’m pretty sure everyone had to read in high school) and these paintings… Read more »

Bring a Dictionary

By Johanna Jahnke, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2011 A minor detail of this particular study abroad experience is that our classes are taught in Spanish. In fact, it turns out the whole country functions in Spanish. Although I was highly aware of this fact when I chose to study abroad in Cuba, it was… Read more »

A Country Full of Irony

By Alex Gunn, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2011 Thus far in Cuba, we have interacted with a lot of different people. We have met a babalawo, a priest in the Santaria religion, taxi drivers, college students, professors, medical students, restaurant owners, and even the son of a general in the Cuban army. Despite the… Read more »