A Taste of Cuba

The Vedado neighborhood of Havana after a thunderstorm. Poor drainage often left streets flooded.

Olivia Adechi ’16The Vedado neighborhood of Havana after a thunderstorm. Poor drainage often left streets flooded.

By Mark F. Bernstein ’83

Some things are universal: The first day of class is awkward, particularly at a new school, and it pays to break the ice. As Johannes Hallermeier ’16 discovered, this is no less true in Cuba than it is anywhere else.

Hallermeier was sitting with a handful of Princeton students and a dozen Cubans in a class on the history of Latin American thought at the University of Havana last February, as part of a revised and expanded study-abroad program. While they waited for the professor, the students kept to themselves — shuffling papers, playing with pens, staring silently at their wooden desks. As a rule, Hallermeier would learn, Cubans are friendly and outgoing people, but today, probably because of first-day nervousness, everyone avoided eye contact. It did not bode well for an engaging semester.

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  1. Acerca del trabajo que expondra el Profesor Abel Sierra Madero,sobre las UMAP en CUba,quiero decir que esta Accion formo parte del terror comunista sobre las “desviaciones politicas” Y no contra la sexualidad .Solo se utilizo la homosexualidad como descalificacion contra jovenes “peligrosos” por su inconformidad politica mezclandolos con homosexuals.Los homesexuales “revolucionarios” no fueron a la UMAP,siguieron con sus vida.Se han utilizado descalificaciones varias…”Tarruos”…”mercenarios”…terroristas,etc,etc,pura tactica comunista de utilizer tabues populares para eliminar enemigos.Que conste !!!

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