“What do you hunger for?” (My Hunger for Culture in Cuba)

In less than 30 days, I will touch down on US tarmac. Once again I will walk the streets of Brooklyn, the borough of my birth and upbringing, if only for a few months before completing my final year at Amherst. Time has flown during my undergrad years including this study abroad experience. And yet I’ve spent the majority of my time here in Cuba reflecting on how I choose to spend my time. I am a culture child – …

Even During Revolutionary Experiences, One Can Find Time For a (Spring) Break…

*This is my photo essay chronicling my Spring Break trip from April 9 -14, 2016 to two Cuban provinces, Trinidad and Cienfuegos, located in the center of the island.* All photos were shot by me unless otherwise noted. Request for permissions to use these pictures must be directed to me. After traveling for many hours, you end up in a place so colorful, it reminds you of the rainbows you envisioned in dreams and attempted to imitate on paper when …

Can we all just get along? (The Obamas visit CUBA!)

Cuba – US mural at Muraleando in Havana Since February the world has been talking about the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and his family visiting the island nation of Cuba. It has been 88 years since a US president has touched Cuban soil, and with Obama’s second and final term coming to a close, you can imagine the excitement surrounding his visit. And I got to witness it firsthand! From the time Obama touched down at the …

Fish and Chips, Blood Sausages, and Shepard’s Pie – The Cuisine of the United Kingdom

Though British food has not always been held in the highest esteem, I have not found this reputation to bear much truth. As a vegetarian, I have found it relatively easy to eat in restaurants and at the Oxford dining hall and shop at grocery stores. In 2012, two percent of Britons were vegetarian and less than one percent was vegan (which are slighter lower than the percentages of non-meat-eaters in the United States). Every morning, the dining hall of St. Catherine’s …