Posts Tagged: Cuba

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 »

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 »

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 »

“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 »


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 »

Abandoned Spaces, Futbol and Resolver

Just down the street from where we’re living in Vedado is an outdoor athletic complex that sits across the street from the Malecón. It is called “Parque Jose Marti” and was constructed in the 1940s under the Batista government. Today, its dilapidated remnants only hint at what I imagine it may have looked like during… Read more »

One Man’s Treasure is Another Man’s Waste

As I walked out of Casa Lily and went right around the corner, I saw some wrappers and wasted food lying by a tree. At first glance, they could easily be mistaken for garbage that was left out, but I soon learned that it was actually ritual waste. The materials that are disposed of after… Read more »

“A final, todo escucha lo mismo”

In Cuba, music is found everywhere, and it is such a beautiful thing. Whether you are at a restaurant, walking down the street, or at a concert, you are bound to hear some type of music. In Havana, you can hear anything from salsa, son, rumba, and reggaetón to hip-hop, pop, and electronic music. Though… 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 »

Malecón Monday

by Michael Fuentes Havana is a city filled with colonial architecture, beautiful old structures, and what is sometimes referred to as “Romantic Decay”. Cuba’s isolationist politics have kept it safe from capitalist development moguls, building big modern hotels, restaurants, businesses and more. The streets of Havana appear relatively unchanged over a period of decades. The… Read more »