I had an amazing trip to Cuba in March 1997.
All I have time to do right now
is show some pics: a page of photos that will offer
an overall look at my adventures.
My life goals page
has a brief listing of what I did in Cuba (at the bottom of the page).
I also have a story about Cuba's marketplace in my shopping
(written in January '97:)
I've had a strong connection to Cuba ever since I first started
learning about it in middle school. Cuba's people, politics, leader
(Fidel Castro), history, economy, culture, and relations with the U.S. and former
Soviet Union are all extremely interesting to me. I'm always hungry to
learn more about any of these elements, and I will certainly get an opportunity
this spring. The Peace Studies Mission, a tri-college program with
Bryn Mawr is going to Cuba this
year. When I found out, it thrilled my socks off, so I applied to be
one of the 12 students involved. My passion payed off, for I got accepted!
This means that I'll be taking a seminar class with the eleven other
students to do intense research on Cuba before we take our 10-day trip
there in March. I will be posting more on what we learn throughout the
semester (such as my mid-semester reflections),
so stay tuned.
Cuba is an incredible country, and I'm
overjoyed to get the chance to become more involved in what it's all
For now, here's some stuff to check out:
- Check out a
letter Alice Walker wrote to President Clinton
concerning his enforcement of the U.S. embargo. It's powerful and
worth reading. (Thanks to dear Mimi for
discovering it on the web and for telling me about it.)
- Read my paper,
"A Historical Look at Cuba's Nationalism,"
written for my Nations & Nationalisms class this semester.
- My Mid-Semester Project Reflections explain
how my views on Cuba have changed from the beginning of the semester,
what I got out of the group's trip to Washington D.C. (where we met with
economic experts, authors, the State Department, lawyers, congressional
representatives' heads, the Cuban Ambassador and others), and what experiences
have been critical to my individual research project thus far.
- Cuba Solidarity
Home Page which offers valuable information regarding various projects,
news in Cuba and international efforts to end the U.S.'s blockade.
- Cuba Poster Project (CPP)
looks at the poster art of postrevolutionary Cuba.
- Generation n,
a Miami-based web page version of a printed magazine for the first
generation of Cuban-Americans, offering pieces on art, film, culture, poetry,
- Steve Cagan --
Photography and Activism shows a photographer's interest in using his
work for social action, focusing on Cuba.
- Piet den Blanken:
Cuba As It Is, a Dutch photographer who frequents Cuba, showing his
documentation of the island and its people.
- Cuba: photos
and commentary with striking pictures and good links.
archive of Fidel Castro speeches
- Fidel Page
Washington Post reference page on Cuba with news articles and other links
- Lonely Planet's guide to
Cuba filled with facts about its history, economy, events, environment, etc.
- Cuba: The Real
Story representing some valid anti-embargo views
- Pastors for Peace
(my family hosted a member of one of the caravans at our house a couple
years ago on their way down to Cuba)
- Paul Klee's
list of Cuba Internet Resources
- Cuba Reference Desk
- Cuba Museum Guide
giving a taste of art
information put together by the U.S. State Department
- CubaWeb the national website for the
Republic of Cuba
Act, giving the full document.
- Even though the presidential elections are over, check out who could
have been our best
Castro, of course! If you're doubtful, go see
Reasons to Draft Fidel.
"An old woman who gave me water and told me
about the revolution and why she supported it."
John, visited Cuba a couple years ago on a bicycle
trip. His goal was to see the people and talk to them in person, experiencing
the country as it really is. John went with friends
Liam and Jenny.
He took a number of incredibly striking photos. Take a look:
Full country name: Republic of Cuba
Area: 110,860 sq km
Population: 11 million
Capital city: Havana (pop 2,200,000)
People: 60% Spanish descent, 22% mulatto, 11% African descent, 1% Chinese
Religion: 47% Catholic, 4% Protestant, 2% Afro-American Spiritist
Government: Communist republic
Head of State: Fidel Castro
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