Posts Categorized: NU in Cuba 2017

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 »

Mis Abuelos Cubanos

My older brother studied and lived in La Habana for almost 10 years, and during this time, he met an elderly couple from Centro Habana who quickly became his Abuelos Cubanos. Their home became a second home for him, and they cared for him as if he truly was their grandson. During my time here,… 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 »

Facing a fear

As a Biology major, I have spent most of my time at Northwestern taking science classes and working in labs. When I had to select which elective to take, my first instinct was to go for the class I wouldn’t normally take back in Evanston. When I was younger, I was in a couple school… Read more »

Bright-Eyed, Bushy-Tailed

The morning we arrived in Cuba it was raining. The airport was small and dimly lit. We exchanged American dollars for Cuban Convertible Pesos and hopped on a bus to meet our homestay host named Layda. In Vedado, Layda lives on calle 19 y G on the thirteenth floor of an apartment building. She greeted… 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 »

Heat Wave

Following finals week, I caught a flight back home to New York City. I don’t go home very often, and when I do it’s for a short period of time; so. the question always arises: “When are you leaving?” Family members and friends have grown accustomed to my short visits and they’re excited to hear… Read more »

Place like no other

Even after 14 days in Havana, I am still struggling to find the right worlds to describe this city. Havana does not look like or function like any other city I know. The decaying buildings, cars from the 50’s and strong presence of symbols and figures from the Revolution creates the illusion that we time… Read more »