Being Cuban on November 28, 2016

Being Cuban on November 28, 2016

For the last few years now many people have speculated what Cuban youth feel about Fidel Castro. I attended the memorial at the Plaza de La Revolución yesterday and I took this picture of a Cuban university student. What do you think this picture says?

Pondering the US Presidential Election in Cuba

Pondering the US Presidential Election in Cuba

Student Thoughts in Cuba about Presidential Debate and the Election

As we experience Election Day in the US, I thought I would share the thoughts of some American and Cuban students who watched the third presidential debate. Here are their thoughts.

James, American Student #1: Donald Trump was ridiculous and idiotic on so many levels. There were so many inaccuracies in what he said. I don’t like Hillary Clinton, but she performed really well and she almost actually made me believe she would be a good president. Whereas I went in thinking she would be a less terrible president.

Sarah, American Student #2:  I think Hillary did really well. She managed herself well on stage and she thoroughly explained the policies she wanted to cover and explaining why they would be better for Americans.

Alberto, Cuban Student:  This was the first presidential debate I ever saw and it was funny to watch each candidate insulting each other, but if that is what democracy is really about then I don’t really like it.  I am pretty sure that Hillary Clinton has a plan; she has some policies to follow and I don’t think Trump has anything. He has fancy ideas in his head and that is not good for the United States and it is not good for the world. And that is not good for the future.

 

Cuba and South Park

Cuba and South Park

Like many people in the US, some Cubans follow the US presidential election campaign by watching South Park.

Havana Life Project

Havana Life Project

If you would like to learn more about Havana, then check out this excellent website about life in Cuba´s wonderful city. Photographer and documentary maker Nad Yaqub has created the Havana Life Project for those interested in experiencing Cuba through honest and thought provoking images. Enjoy! Keep up the great work Nad!

Note: the photo above is from The Havana Life Project website.

AT&T in Cuba

AT&T in Cuba

Several days ago I received a text message from AT&T on my new iPhone, which until then did not work because I did not put a Cuban SIM chip in it. I was surprised to learn that the phone now operated. I checked the message and I saw that AT&T offers its customers who visit the island service. But it is pricey. $3.00 per minute is steep! And unfortunately, this service still does not extend to Cubans. Hopefully, one day soon, it will! Until then, many Cubans, like the young lady in the photos, will have to make to as they always do to chat, etc.

Cuba versus the US in Soccer

Cuba versus the US in Soccer

On Friday, October 7th the Cuban national soccer team played team USA in a friendly match. The US won 2-0, but Cuba showed some very adept skill in attack. What I enjoyed was the ambience. The Cuban high school students cheered wildly and at the end started chanting "U-S-A."  It was a great day for all. Jill Biden also joined the contingent of Team USA supporters. After the game, I spent time with the Outlaws (formerly "Sam's Army"), hardcore Team USA fans. All in all, a great day! I hope it is the first of many such encounters between the US and Cuba.

Cuba on Your Mind

Cuba is very sexy these days. With more people making plans to visit Cuba it has become very important to know how to get there and what to do. Abroadia is here to help you create an academic/cultural experience in Cuba. If you are looking at other options, check out this article in The New York Times.