Communication in Cuba

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. As some of you may recall, in my first blog post I talked about how I was a little worried about the lack of internet here in Cuba, and how I would communicate with everyone. Well, this post it to explain…

¿Qué pasa con el Peso?

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. In Cuba, the cost of living can either be extremely cheap, or extremely expensive. But how can that be? Well folks, Cuba has two completely different currencies circulating throughout their economy. They have two different names (though most people refer to…

Universidad de la Habana

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the actual study part of study abroad! The university that I am studying at while I’m here is the Universidad de la Habana (UH), which is the oldest university in Cuba. The campus is…

The Snake and the Firefly

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. In my week and half here, I have learned so much about Cuba. But I have also learned just as much, if not more about the United States, and the relationship between the two. Today, my Cuban friend told me this…

El Cubañol

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. Today marks exactly one week that I have been in Cuba, but it sure feels like longer (in a good way)! I have already had some amazing experiences, met great people, and begun to look at Cuba through a new lense….

“Cuba….are you serious??”

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University if Havana, Fall 2018. “Cuba….are you serious??” That’s the reaction that I got from almost every person that I told about my plans to study abroad in Cuba this semester (especially my parents). And right about now, as I’m sitting in the airport in Grand…

México, Te Amo y Te Extraño

Evelia Bautista Communication Studies Major Non-WMU Program- Universidad Latina De America, Mexico, Spring 2018 I knew this would happen. I was aware that when I returned it would feel as if the time spent in Mexico was a dream. I knew I’d miss everything about it, but I didn’t know it would be for this…

Something That’s Important to us All

Hilary Johnson MSW/SPADA Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala, Spring Break 2017 My experience traveling to Guatemala last spring was an experience I will never forget. One of my favorite parts of the trip was spending time at the Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute. The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute (Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura – IMAP) is a non-profit…

Don’t go Chasing Waterfalls (in Mindo)

Katie Kozlowski Anthropology, Global Studies, and Spanish Major Spanish in Quito, Ecuador Summer I, 2018 This weekend, my classmates and I planned an excursion to Mindo, a town two hours north of Quito. Mindo is a cloud forest which means that it’s a tropical forest with persistent cloud cover(and heavy fog every evening after about 5:00pm). …

Childhood Poverty: We Shouldn’t be Complaining

Evelia Bautista Communication Studies Major Non-WMU Program- Universidad Latina De America, Mexico, Spring 2018 Poverty in the United States is different to poverty in Mexico. A lower class family in the United States, in most cases, has access to basic life needs; food, education and healthcare. Not here. The disparity between high class and lower…

Pre-departure Nerves and Excitement!

Katie Kozlowski Anthropology, Global Studies, and Spanish Major Spanish in Quito, Ecuador They say that when learning a language, you truly have a grasp on what you’re learning when you dream in your new language. I’ve dreamt in Spanish before, but this past week, I’ve had a couple of nightmares in Spanish. They’ve ranged from me…

“The Water Boils”…But Not Really

Evelia Bautista Communication Studies Major Non-WMU Program- Universidad Latina De America, Mexico, Spring 2018 I always wanted to visit Oaxaca and little did I know that Universidad Latina de America had a trip planned for us to go there already. A teacher passionate about Mexico and its history was our guide. We learned about how…