Written by Dia C, High School/Pre-College Student Correspondent for CET Cuba: Advances in Healthcare, Summer 2019
Today was a pretty good day. During the Spanish lessons I had a firm understanding of what I was told during Spanish and I gave the teacher less blank and confused stares after she spoke. On the way back from Spanish I saw the roosters and chickens again. They’re entertaining to watch because they’re always picking at something underneath all the leaves and the baby chicks that follow them around are adorable.
Later we had the time to ask Professor Tanya about topics we would write our final paper about in Cuba, and I began to conclude what may possible topic could be between medical technology in Cuba, geriatrics in Cuba, or lung cancer in Cuba. I’m surprised that the coffee had actually kept me awake long enough because coffee really hasn’t been my thing this entire trip. The culture her in Cuba is entwined with coffee and it’s always available every breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
I only drink it when it is sugary enough to seal away the overwhelming sense of disgust that surges from within my being when drinking sour black coffee. Absolutely gross. Today’s highlight was going to get pizza & smoothies. It was really comforting to have familiar food and the mango smoothie and greasy Hawaiian pizza tasted like home. I hope for more good food and AC in the future. Another thing we did today was go to the National Hotel of Havana and visit the underground tunnels along the coastline that was heavily defended during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was spooky. When the day had met its end, we went to a café and played cards. I got coconut shell filled ice cream. It was delicious.