New Breed: The students from Study Abroad: Cuba
It was at the goodbye ceremony marking the end of our AU Abroad semester in Cuba. Our hosts at Casa de las Americas took turns addressing the six AU students, their Cuban professors and the entire staff of Casa, Cuba’s premier cultural center. On this cool December evening we stood in the open-air patio behind the building, 100 yards or so from Havana’s famed “Malecon,” or sea wall.
It had been a long and fruitful semester. The six AU students had coped with a new culture and a new language; with the sweltering heat and humidity of August and September; with food they were unaccustomed to; with a transportation system limited in scope and efficiency; in short, with all the deprivations associated with living in a country “in development.”