This past week, I had the opportunity to go to the Havana, Cuba with my university for my Mass Media and Society class. The purpose of this trip was to learn about communication in Cuba. By the time I left, I was blown away by all of the history and architecture. I got to learn so much about this country and its people. Here are a few of the things I got to do and the people I met during my time in Cuba!
The José Martí Memorial
This first thing we did in Havana was visiting the José Martí Memorial. José Martí is the National Hero of Cuba. You can find pictures and memorials of him all over Cuba. This memorial is a very tall tower and had a beautiful view of Havana.
Art & Film Museums
I also got to visit the Museum of Fine Art and the Museum of Cuban Cinematography. They had some really awesome pieces of Cuban art! I got to learn a lot about cinematography, especially how clay animation is made. We got to watch a few famous Cuban short films.
Similar to the one in Brazil, Cuba also has a Christ statue overlooking the city of Habana. It was located on the top of a hill, the walk up was breathtaking!
Of course, we had to check out the Cuban beaches! It was only a 30-minute drive from Havana and it was SO beautiful! The water was bright blue and crystal clear. It was also fairly warm! I hate to admit it, but I think I liked the beaches in Cuba better than the beaches in Florida! 😉
La Fabrica de Arte
I forgot to take more pictures of the venue, but if you ever go to Havana, you NEED to come here! This was by far my favorite part of the trip! La Fabrica de Arte means the Art Factory. It is a mix of a Cuban art gallery, bar, restaurant, and concert hall! It is the coolest thing I have ever seen and it only costs $2 to get in!! It has a great mix of locals and tourists, I highly recommend it!
On the last day of the trip, our group traveled to Las Terrazas, about a 45-minute bus ride from Havana. It is a beautiful location if you love nature; there were natural springs and waterfalls. Since it’s located in the mountains, the region is known for its coffee production.
My Host Family
This trip wouldn’t have been what it was without my lovely host family. I’ve never met such caring and generous people! I am so grateful for their hospitality.
I had the best time and will never forget my time in Cuba.
Hasta pronto, Cuba!