Posts Tagged: adjusting

A Lack of Rigidity

If there is one thing that has so far defined my experience here in Havana, it has been a supreme sense of flexibility – not only within myself, but fundamentally in the makeup of our program. Many of my classes at Northwestern have been in a traditional lecture format, with a professor speaking to a… Read more »

Bathroom 101

In the first week, the quickest lesson we learned was to always bring tissue with you to the bathroom. There are so many simple actions we do each day that are second nature to us and that we take for granted.  It generally doesn’t occur to us that not everyone lives the same way. One… Read more »

Reverse Culture Shock

I’m home! & boy, is it weird! Going to Cuba was a ridiculously cool and formative experience. I have grown as a person because of the trip, and I feel more confident in my abilities and life decisions. Additionally, I learned invaluable lessons about the role of the US in international politics, the realities of daily… Read more »

Looking Back

Lucy Blumberg, Public Health in Cuba 2014 It’s hard to remember how I thought about the world before going to Cuba, because right now it all seems different. I return to my global health classes more eager and with a story to tell, giving relevant anecdotes to theories and figures that felt out of my… Read more »

Eight Lessons in Eight Weeks

By Ariana Dietrich, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2013 I can’t believe how quickly my time in Cuba has flown by. As our days here become more and more numbered I’ve been reflecting on some of the lessons I’ve learned and decided to try to summarize a few of them in a short list. Here’s… Read more »

The Cuban Pace

By Ariana Dietrich, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2013 I actually wrote this blog entry on my 4th day in Cuba but was having problems with my internet connection so my posting was delayed, which is a perfect illustration of lesson number one in Cuba: things rarely go exactly as planned, so being flexible and… 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 »