Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Dreaming in Cuban


I took a trip of a lifetime to Cuba this spring. For eight days from March 22 through March 30, I lived and breathed the beauty of this small island of 11 million people.
I went with a group of faculty and staff from Merritt College in Oakland, California where I am employed working with curriculum. This was an educational field research trip which included visiting primary schools, the University of Havana, the medical school a polyclinic. BUT, we also immersed ourselves in the culture of the country.
Cuban live and breath their art and there was art everywhere. Music, dance, literature,visual and performing art. The children come out of the womb dancing salsa and rhumba. I got to see the world famous Cuba Internationa Ballet perform "Giselle". We danced in the streets in the Trininad Province at a block party in our honor. We walked through the marketplace and viewed the artistry, the crafts, the paints, oh my. I brought home two pieces of art. We danced at the Havana Club, learning the meringue. Pablo Menendez staged a concert for us at his rooftop home.

8 comments:

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Chel the Librarian said...

I love that photo! Sounds like a wonderful trip!!!

Lena said...

I love this picture!! How come I never knew this blog existed??? Reading the comments, I see Michelle liked it too. I can't wait to see more.

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Carleen Brice said...

Wow! That is a trip of a lifetime.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Glad to find your blog. I'll add you to my links!

Rhonda McKnight said...

How fortunate for you. I'm sure Cuba is a beautiful country. I used to work with a man who was an asylee from Cuba. He was a history professor in Cuba, but when he came to the U.S. he had to take a job as a caseworker for Family & Children Services. After working with him, I've always been fascinated with the country.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Maybe one day we can talk about books.

Carolina Diva said...

Wow Dera! Sounds like a great trip. I would love to visit. Post more picks when you can.

Shelia said...

Dera,

It sounds like a trip of a lifetime. Thank you for sharing your experience.