Posts Categorized: Travel

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 »

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 »

Time is Ticking

In 2 days, I will be on a plane heading for Miami. In less than 48 hours, I will say goodbye to my family, friends, boyfriend, and life in Chicago for the next six weeks to head to Havana, Cuba. In the next 2,880 minutes, I need to fit all my belongings into my three… 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 »

Comfortable Enough to be Uncomfortable

As I sit in the backseat of my parent’s car on my way to Minneapolis to fly out of the Midwest, I finally type out my first blog post. I am so very excited, and I know I have amazing adventures awaiting me in Havana, but I am also a little nervous. Living in a… Read more »

Going Home

I can’t tell you the moment I realized I was “Cuban”. Café cubano and dominos were a part of my life long before I can remember. I grew up surrounded by stories my grandmothers told about the island. But their carefree tales were always weighed down by a longing they felt for a land they had lost. Just as much… 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 »

“Resolver”

Upon returning to the U.S. from Cuba, I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to tell my friends and family when they ask me about my trip. What aspect of Cuba did I find to be the most interesting? Thought-provoking? Surprising? What have I learned about what it is to be Cuban? I think that… Read more »