Posts Tagged: Havana

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 »

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 »

Skate is Life.

Back at home, the basketball grind is taken very, very seriously, to the point of “ball is life” becoming a personal motto for many. But here in Cuba, the skaters rule, followed by surfers, and then the ballers (my friends at home would be astonished). This skating fever was something I noticed immediately upon arriving…. Read more »

Viva la Revolución

by Michael Fuentes In Cuba, there’s always talk of the Revolution of January 1959. Revolutionary forces (known as the Movimiento del 26) led by Fidel Castro, triumphed over the oppressive authoritarian government of Fulgencio Bautista. The extravagant Presidential Palace, pictured here, was the seat of power for Fidel Castro’s new government. Today, the palace has… Read more »

Thoughts on the Trip Ahead

by Michael Fuentes My name is Mike Fuentes, I’ve just finished my second year of undergrad at Northwestern University, and I’m studying Economics and Spanish. When I chose to study in Cuba over the summer, I think I was drawn in by a lot of different factors. First, Cuba is a beautiful country with rich… Read more »

Burritos in Havana

Lucy Blumberg, Public Health in Cuba 2014 There’s a new restaurant in town. It’s called El Habanero Burrito, and it’s one of those hole-in-the-wall places that spills out onto the sidewalk of Calle 23, one of the busiest streets in Havana’s Vedado neighborhood where our group is staying. Their bright and colorful signs give diners… Read more »

Pre-Departure Introduction

By Nicholas Wang, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2013 I am so excited to be studying abroad on the Public Health in Cuba program in Havana, Cuba this summer, and I want to extend a quick and sincere thank you to the International Program Development Office and the Hill-Urbina Fellowship committee for the generous support… 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 – week three

By Claire Williams, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 This week, I learned that when you’re living in a foreign country, it’s best to expect that nothing will turn out as planned. You might find yourself breaking up with someone you saw in the rest of your life. You might meet someone on the beach… Read more »