In February 2016, the U.S. struck a deal with the Cuban government to resume scheduled flights between the two countries. Now, for the first time in Missouri State University’s history, a group of students took a January intercession course in the long banned island. Led by Dr. Alexander Wait, professor of biology, students took a 9-day journey to learn more about “The History, Culture and Ecology of Cuba: Past, Present and Future.”
The 10 students had varying personal and curricular reasons behind the venture – some to learn more about the Spanish language, some the history and culture, some the ecology of the island.
Listen to the interview below and see photos from the trip.
A few unique reflections:
- Flan was served at – what seemed like – every meal
- Car aficionados would enjoy Cuba
- Historical buildings are being modernized and converted to hotels – visit soon to get a clearer picture of historical Cuba (it may be unrecognizable in the near future)
- Reef is great for snorkeling – hasn’t been ruined by the tourist industry and has been protected because of Fidel Castro’s love for it
- Cuban food was fantastic, though not vegetarian-friendly
- Cows are all owned by the government – trying to replenish the population – and they cannot be slaughtered for food
- Beef is imported from Canada – making it scarce and expensive