Cuba Study Tour Photos - PAGE THREE

James Hayes-Bohanan, Ph.D.
Earth Sciences and Geography
Latin American
and Caribbean Studies
Bridgewater (Massachusetts) State College, USA/EEUU

The photos on these pages are selected from photos taken during a joint Bridgewater State College / Cape Cod Community College study tour of Cuba in January 2003. Unless otherwise noted, all photos were taken by me (or by nearby friends with my camera - if you see me in the photo). All commentary is my exclusive responsibility. All camera time-stamp dates seem to be two days early.


Many buildings in Havana are undergoing extensive renovations, often with the assistance of UNESCO.
Government-sponsored street entertainers are common in the tourist areas of Havana.
The Museum of the Revolution is housed in the former mayorial residence in Havana. Behind this statue of Lenin in the main entrance is a long series of bullet holes made in the marble during an early and ill-fated attempt to overthrow the Batista regime. The rebels quickly died in their attempt to assassinate a leader who was not even home at the time.
Dr. Al Wolff is a seasoned world traveler, who always delights in photographing children in the places he visits. During our visit to the Museum of the Revolution, a member of our group overheard a teacher asking his students what they wanted to be when they grow up. One young Cuban answered, "a tourist!"
On the grounds of the Museum of the Revolution is an eternal flame, dedicated to those who fought in Cuba's several revolutions. For many Cubans, what we call "the" revolution is simply a stage in an ongoing revolutionary process that began with independence from Spain.

We learned that the current goals of the Cuban Revolution are:
  1. World peace
  2. Solving the world’s economic crisis
  3. An independent, free, and sovereign Cuba
  4. Universal university education for all Cubans
  5. Freedom for five Cubans now in U.S. prisons

We had a wonderful dinner one evening in a restaurant in downtown Havana. Sugar for the drinks was pressed in a small sugar mill right in the restaurant. The recipe for this particular drink is:
rum + sugar + rum + mint + rum + lime + rum
We eventually figured out that a rum and Coke was very heavy on the rum because rum is cheaper than Coke in Cuba. When Cuban bars "water" the drinks, the result is a much stronger concoction.

Many in our group were enjoying their meal so thoroughly that they did not notice the peacock and peahen resting almost directly above our tables!
Alma Mater

Alma Mater is a statue at the main entrance to the University of Havana.

To the right, students between classes at the university, which has developed exemplary programs for foreign students of the Spanish language. They may soon be available for transfer credit for U.S. college students.
U Havana

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