Posts Categorized: Art

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 »

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 »

A “Beautiful Dance”

Now that we are in our 3rd week here, it’s becoming easier to adjust to life in Cuba. At the same time, being in a country with so many contradictions creates surprises at every turn. Take this week for example. On Monday, we got the chance to speak to the Cuban political artist Tania Bruguera*…. Read more »

“All Americans Know How to Play the Piano!”

“Americana!” Señor Valdes exclaimed after I responded to his inquiry as to where I was from. His eyes lit up and he excitedly told me about his relatives in Miami and his ex-wife in California. Then he motioned for me to come look at some pictures on his wall and pointed out all the American students he… Read more »

The Other Domino Effect

By Nicholas Wang, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2013 I vaguely remember there being a set of dominos lying around my house when I was a kid, and playing with them by matching the numbers together or standing them next to each other and knocking them down. I think I must have come to Cuba… Read more »

Almuerzo rápido

By Anna Radoff, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2013 “We are just going to stop for a quick lunch”. After only a few weeks here I know that is a lie. In Cuba there is no such thing as a fast lunch. Stopping for lunch entails at least two hours if not three. At first… Read more »

The Beauty of the Conversation

By Avra Shapiro, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 Somehow, two months have passed, and we’re leaving tomorrow. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’m going to take away from my time here. Everything I’ve gained has come from the people, the Cuban people, with whom I’ve been lucky to interact. It is the… Read more »

Top ten – weeks five and six

By Claire Williams, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 As you might have noticed, my week five post failed to appear entirely and my week six post, here, is ambling along, as late as your average Cuban. To apologize for that tardiness, I have three words: Trinidad, Camagüey, and birthday. Not only did we depart… Read more »

An Unexpected Friend

By Avra Shapiro, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 My favorite part of traveling is the unplanned. The unexpected. The random occurrences that lead to other random occurrences  that make you wonder, at the end of day, “Wow. What if I hadn’t turned that corner at that exact moment and then hadn’t met that person?… Read more »

Art Classes

By Madeline Schwid, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 Starting this week Leah and I have been taking art classes from a local artist here in Havana. We met last week to go shopping for supplies in Central Havana. The store that we went to was very undersupplied and did not have many basic colors… Read more »