en Buena Vista Social Club? Do you know how to salsa? Merengue? Rumba?
Have you ever read José Martí? Have you ever heard the song “Guatnanamera”? How do the two relate?? (bonus: what does “guantanamera” mean?)
What is Santeria? It is derived from which major world religions? Is it practiced anywhere else but Cuba?
What would be the coolest part of study abroad in Cuba?…
movie about his life.
I can rumba with the best!
Jose Marti said he wanted his fate to be the same as the poor and meek of the earth. I feel the same way. It is my preference. It is the preference of many in Cuba. Some may see it as a poor country, oppressed and underdeveloped. Others see it as an experiment in resisting savage capitalism. It works sometimes, and it doesn't at others. They have a mixed economy. A socialist one uses Cuban currency that tries to maintain a lot of social programs; and a capitalist one, that uses CUC, that provides tourism among other items that also supports the socialist system. It's complicated but inventive and inspiring when you see what they can do with so little.
The coolest part of studying in Cuba would be to learn what the Cuban people living on the island (not the hate mongers who left and now only want to destroy it or profit from the hate they promote) think of life there. I know not everyone there hates thier government all the time or loves it all the time. I know, because my husband's family lives there, by preference. My in-laws where here visiting, together and never thought of staying. They loved the visit. Thought the people in the US were very nice. But happily went home at the end of the vacation.
Cuba is a beautiful, myterious place, with a difficult history. The Cuban diaspora used to be all haters, but that is changing as they die off. The folks that came after the 1960s all maintain relations with people on the island and that's a good thing. Family first. Politics last.
er IFSA-Butler student who attended VUW in 2003. Wellington is absolutely my favorite city in the world! There are lots of things to do, whether you're into kayaking in the harbour, taking in a theatre show, or watching the Wellington Hurricanes rugby team.
Be sure to check out Cuba Street, a funky shopping district in the heart of the city. The picture you see above is Cuba's famous Bucket Fountain, taken during my visit in April, 2009.…