Pedro Pan and the Children from Neverland

By Sam Leinberger ~ Before visiting Cuba and Miami, I had heard passing comments about Operation Pedro Pan, never truly understanding the scope of this operation. Operation Pedro Pan was the mass exodus of unaccompanied Cuban children to the United States. In order to understand this operation, we need to look back at the politics of the time … More Pedro Pan and the Children from Neverland

US-Cuba Relations

By Bri Vazquez Smith ~ Today we went to Florida International University for a lecture and conversation on US Cuba relations led by Jorge Duany, Director of the Cuban Research Institute at FIU. I think it’s always interesting to hear different people’s opinions from both sides, and he shared a popular opinion, that the embargo … More US-Cuba Relations

The Two Havanas

By Michael Malone ~ Today we got a tour of Little Havana in Miami Florida, the tour was a great way to learn about the area and all of its small secrets. Our tour guide was a local author who wrote one of the books that we were assigned to read on the trip. In … More The Two Havanas

Embarrysing

By Michael Malone ~  Today we started our day by going to the United States embassy where we had a lecture with a member of the embassy staff. The lecture explained the history of the relationship between the United States and the Cuban government and people. The embassy itself is located right along the main … More Embarrysing

Trust me, I’m an architect (but not really)

By Sam Leinberger ~ The architecture in Havana is absolutely beautiful. Walking through the Historic Center of Old Havana felt as though I was transported through time. One aspect of Cuban architecture that was common throughout Historic Havana was the use of courtyards. These courtyards, like the one at the Captain General’s palace, brings the … More Trust me, I’m an architect (but not really)