Posts Categorized: Reflection

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 »

Tom Haverford in Cuba? (maybe)

Around the second week we got here, me and three friends were wandering around looking for food to eat. Not knowing where to go, we allowed ourselves to be ushered into this modern white box that looked totally out of place among the romantic decay of Spanish architecture surrounding it. When we got inside we… Read more »

Trinidad is more than horses and waterfalls

5 weeks in and we finally made it to Trinidad!!! When we arrived in Trinidad, I was ready for a break from city vibes. Not as many maquina taxis. Not as much Malecon going out nights. Trinidad is one of the bigger tourist cities in the provinces, but it’s essentially horseback riding, hiking through the… Read more »

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 »

He Cambiado

 I’ve been thinking about Cuba a lot since my return; it definitely changed me. I had been told countless times before my departure that study abroad “will change your life” but until I have been able to reflect on my experience since returning from Cuba, I hadn’t realized just what an impact those 2 months… Read more »

Now that I’m back…

I’m finally accepting that I may not see some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met ever again in my life and a week ago, I cried for the first time since I returned. [Unnamed Cuban Best Friend] finally responded to my email! It turns out he didn’t have enough money on his account… 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 »

There’s No Place Like Home…Or Is There?

I remember how nervous I was before I left for Cuba. I didn’t know anyone on the trip, I was concerned about how much money I would be spending, and more importantly, how much I would have left when I got back, AND on top of it all, I had not spoken Spanish in what… Read more »