Posts Categorized: NU in Cuba 2016

Reflection Post

I have been giving a fairly practiced response to the ever questioned inquiry, “How was Cuba?” It usually consists of a discussion of the pros and cons. The highs were high but there were certainly sacrifices. I’m not a screen geek, but having limited to no access to cellular data or internet for 6 weeks… 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 »

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 »

Reframing the Stars and Stripes

I have always striven to think critically about my place in the world: in my family, my community, my university, my country. I thought that I understood myself and my privilege fairly well, but traveling to Cuba pushed me to radically reconsider. Returning to the United States after living in Cuba for eight weeks was… 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 »

Cuba and Yuma are two different worlds

It’s taken a few days for me to compose my thoughts coming back from Cuba. I thought by now I would have an eloquent description of my time there. I thought I would be able to neatly explain what Cuba was like — out of the Cuba fog and into my American logic. But here… Read more »

Learning how to cook: Cuban mom edition

After more than five weeks in Havana, I can say I had sampled a pretty good deal of the food the island had to offer. But what I was missing was my friend’s mom’s cooking. My friend had told me for days that I should take a cooking lesson with his mom and every time… Read more »

Nails Done, Hair Done, Everything Did.

I spent basically the entire today, our very last day in Cuba, getting my hair done and I’m actually really glad that I spent my last day this way. Like most everything in Cuba I’ve found, I was surprised to see that I learned something new and significant about an aspect of the island while… 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 »