Getting to know the people and culture of Eastern Cuba

San Pedro de la Roca Castle and the Cuban costline

A group recently returned from the first Continuing Studies educational travel program to Cuba. Nineteen adults explored the rich cultural and natural resources of eastern Cuba by bus, boat, car, airplane, and pedal taxi. Led by Laurie Greenberg, the group visited three UNESCO World Heritage sites in the cities of Camaguey, Baracoa, and Santiago de Cuba; toured Afro-Cuban art galleries; attended a dance and drum performance; ate at privately owned restaurants; hiked in a biosphere reserve; and learned how cacao is grown and processed into chocolate.

The trip was a people-to-people educational program, which allows U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba to participate in cultural experiences and have direct contact with Cubans. Participants had the chance to converse with Cuban painters, musicians, city historians, video artists, marine biologists, taxi and bus drivers, university faculty and students, and a nine-year-old girl. See below for Greenberg’s photos of the experience.

For more Cuba-related programming from Continuing Studies, sign up for “Cuba: Talk & Tapas,” a two-evening program co-sponsored with the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program. On December 4 Ricardo González will talk about “What’s Going On in Cuba Today?”, and on December 11 attendees will watch and discuss the Cuban comedy-drama Return to Ithaca with Cuban film critic Arsenio Cícero. Both programs run from 4-5:30 p.m. on consecutive Fridays. Preregistration is required; see here.