This page presents my recollections and impressions from a joint study
organized by Bridgewater State College (BSC) and Cape Cod Community
(CCCC), led by Professors Sandra Faiman-Silva and Christine Esperson.
trip was sponsored by
Office of International and Exchange Programs , which organizes
learning experiences throughout the world for the BSC
PERHAPS IT IS TIME FOR A DIFFERENT
October 2004 News: Even the Cuban
exiles in Florida
February 24, Ms. Robin Melavalin (of the Office
International and Exchange Programs), Dr. Faiman-Silva, and I presented
short program on Cuba as part of an exhibit honoring the life of Rep.
Joseph Moakley, who led BSC's first delegation to Cuba in 2001. Robin
a general overview of Bridgewater's connections to Cuba, I showed some
and Sandy gave a presentation entitled "Bringing
Cuba Home: Learning from the Other Side
," which she has kindly allowed me to post on this site. Drawing on
her own analysis and the observations of students who participated, she
created a brief narrative that challenges us to think about Cuba in new
CCCC student Jessica Pillsbury is one of the many intriguing young
I had the privilege of getting to know during the trip. Her article
Trip to Cuba provides some interesting perspectives on our journey.
This page was originally
for participants in the tour and their families, in order to know where
tour was headed. I am now using the page to share a few of the 500
I took, along with some commentary. I also include some photos taken by
in the group, with attribution. As you can see, I found the people
the music irresistable, and the scenery quite amazing. I found some
of the Cuban experiment inspiring, and others disturbing. I do not have
summary statement to make about Cuba, but I invite you to see a little
what I saw, and to draw your own conclusions. Better yet, I encourage
to find a way to go. It can be done legally, though it is difficult to
The U.S.-Cuba Sister
Association provides news about Cuba and information on forming
brilliant essayist Andrei Codrescu wrote
Ay, Cuba! following his 1999 visit to the island. I recommend
the book for his unique
perspective on the island as a U.S. progressive who also fled communist
in the 1960s. His
radio interview about his travels is an excellent introduction to
the contradictions of
the island nation.
is an excellent non-partisan, bilingual site that celebrates the people
culture of Cuba.
Costa is a real Afro-Cuban fine artist in Boston. By this I
mean that he
has lived in Africa and Cuba, so he deeply understands the connection
the two. And he is a very friendly guy!
Dec 14, 2005: Read the profile of Oswaldo
Payá in The Economist.
Like me, he opposes Castro's abuses and
the U.S. embargo, while hoping to preserve some of the positive aspects
of Cuban socialism. Unlike me, he is doing it from inside Cuba!
Visit other photo
pages for many
more photographs and more commentary:
U.S. citizens can travel to Cuba on cultural, educational, and
No photo collection of Cuba is complete without at least
one classic car!
See the Cuba page
at the University of Texas for many academic and cultural links.
Study Tour Map: Western Cuba
Agency In March 2003, the off-beat comic strip Zippy the Pinhead - which
often references unusual tourist landmarks - made mention of one of
Havana's most endearing attractions: the Coco taxis. Note the tourist's
KFC t-shirt. KFC is not in Cuba yet, but its parent company, Pepsico,
well represented (through off-shore subsidiaries, of course). Learn all
Zippy's 1994 adventures in Cuba from
Zippy Quarterly #10
Griffith -- Used by Permission
Coco taxi line, above, and an eager passenger, right.
Our taxi driver was Che-cool, and ride along the Malecon was
These are essentially glorified scooters, so it is best to ride during
day, when the driver can see potholes coming!
Find more maps at the Online Version of the
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of
Texas. Find more detailed maps at
Cuba Mapa.Com . The flag of Cuba (top of page) was officially
adopted on May 20, 1902.
The overall design is modeled after the U.S. and Texas flags. The red
is from the Masonic symbol for equality. La Estrella Solitaria, or the
Lone Star, is placed on the triangle.
other photo pages for many
more photographs and more commentary: