Editors Note: This article is the second of two articles that recount the experiences of a group of Davis & Elkins College students and faculty who traveled to Cuba this past January as part of Sustainability Studies and Environmental Science courses. The first article is a reflection on the similarities of community in Cuba and West Virginia. The trip was part the college’s unique three week winter term. During winter term students are immersed in a single course that stresses experiential and participatory learning. Courses vary from staging an entire theatre production in three weeks to the colleges unique First-Year Symposium that works to engage students in our democracy. Winter term is also a great opportunity for students to travel. In recent years students have traveled to Nicaragua, Kenya, Peru, the Florida Everglades and Keys, and the Galapagos Islands. 

After returning from Cuba and compiling the photos here are the best from the group. They appear in chronological order and are the ones Professor McClain and I felt best represented the trip.

Photo by Sierra Carney

El Capitolio in Havana. An exact replica of the capitol in Washington. Photo by Sierra Carney.

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Clothing left behind at Ernest Hemingway’s house. Photo by Russ McClain.

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Hemingway’s boat. Photo by Russ McClain.

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Some workers getting a ride. Photo by Diana Ross.

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Elizabeth McClain playing bongo drums in Havana. Photo by Russ McClain.

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Our first sunset in Cuba. Photo by Emily Coffman.

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Photo by Kate Somers

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The group visiting an organic farm. Photo by Russ McClain.

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Photo by Julia Tenney

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José Martí Memorial in Revolution Square. Photo by Emily Coffman.

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Ministry of the Interior with Forrest Williamson relaxing in the foreground. Photo by Julia Tenney.

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Soldiers marching near Revolution Square. Photo by Diana Ross.

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Motorcycle and sidecar. Photo by Russ McClain.

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A building in Old Havana. Photo by Brittany Bolinger.

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Old Square in Havana. Photo by Julia Tenney

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Photo by Julia Tenney

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A woman in traditional Cuban dress. Photo by Diana Ross.

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A comic book written on the revolution. Photo by Russ McClain.

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Photo by Brittany Bolinger

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Street performers dancing on stilts. Photo by Julia Tenney.

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Photo by Russ McClain

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The bay in Havana with the fort in the distance. Photo by Emily Coffman.

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Close up of the fort that guarded the entrance to Havana. Photo by Diana Ross.

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Photo by Julia Tenney

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A church in Old Square, Havana. Photo by Julia Tenney.

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Sierra Carney and Emily Coffman playing maracas with a band. Photo by Julia Tenney.

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Forrest Williamson meeting a local. Photo by Julia Tenney.

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Photo by Emily Coffman

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A view of the Viñales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo by Emily Coffman.

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Photo by Russ McClain

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The village of Viñales. Photo by Emily Coffman.

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Man working on a fence. Photo by Diana Ross.

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Diana and her host in Viñales. Photo by Diana Ross.

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Small school in the Cuban countryside. Photo by Emily Coffman.

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Photo by Julia Tenney

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Ration board with the allotments for each family. Photo by Russ McClain.

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An older gentleman traveling the countryside on bicycle. Photo by Julia Tenney.

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Brittany Bolinger crossing a log bridge. Photo by Julia Tenney.

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The group taking a short break while hiking. Photo by Diana Ross.

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A Cuban tobacco farmer demonstrating cigar rolling. Photo by Diana Ross.

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Photo by Julia Tenney

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Viñales Valley from the mountain we hiked. Photo by Emily Coffman.

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The group on top of the mountain. Photo by Carlos Hernandez.

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A kitten resting on Elizabeth McClain’s jacket. Photo by Kate Somers.

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A farmer using oxen to pull a log. Photo by Julia Tenney.

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An open market in Viñales. Photo by Diana Ross.

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A car driving down the street we stayed on. Photo by Emily Coffman.

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Looking down the street we stayed on. Photo by Brittany Bolinger.

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Photo by Julia Tenney

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Photo by Diana Ross

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Photo by Emily Coffman

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A man selling flowers. Photo by Diana Ross.

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Sierra Carney and Brittany Bolinger with their host. Photo by Brittany Bolinger.

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Havana. Photo by Russ McClain.

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Sign announcing the head of the neighborhood Committee for Defense of the Revolution. Photo by Emily Coffman.

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Photo by Emily Coffman

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Havana at night. Photo by Julia Tenney.

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Central square of Cienfuegos. Photo by Russ McClain.

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Brittany Bolinger walking on the Malecón. Photo by Owen Peet.

 

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A tower in Trinidad. Photo by Emily Coffman.

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Dancers in traditional dress spinning around in a restaurant. Photo by Peggy Huffstutler.

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Cobblestone street in Trinidad. Photo by Russ McClain.

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The group sitting on stairs in Trinidad’s city square. Photo by Russ McClain.

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A band performing in a restaurant. Photo by Peggy Huffstutler.

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One of the many billboards. Photo by Julia Tenney.

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A plane in front of the museum of the Bay of Pigs. Photo by Julia Tenney.

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Photo by Julia Tenney

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Kora White enjoying some time snorkeling in the Bay of Pigs. Photo by Julia Tenney.

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A beach on the Bay of Pigs. Photo by Emily Coffman.

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Another of the numerous billboards. Photo by Russ McClain.

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The music teacher at Korimakao, an art school for beginners in the Bay of Pigs area. Photo by Julia Tenney

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Kora White in a congo line at Korimakao. Photo by Julia Tenney.

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Kate Somers dancing with a student at Korimakao. Photo by Julia Tenney.

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Brittany Bolinger also dancing with a student at Korimakao. Photo by Julia Tenney.

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Part of the group on a boat. Photo by Diana Ross.

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An old neon sign with the lighting long gone. Photo by Tom Fletcher.

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Emily Coffman with Martin the puppy outside of a cave. Photo by Sierra Carney.

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The visas stamped in Professor McClain’s passport. Photo by Russ McClain.

 

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