El Viaje Azul, Cuba
Emory University School of Medicine
In many ways, Havana appears to be stuck in the 50s, which tourists cling to and love. With that halt comes disrepair of the island and its services. Cubans grow up reciting “Vive Fidel” every morning in school, while buildings fall down and 26% of the citizens live in poverty. Goods in Cuba are often triple the price, and a standard tire is $200, if you can even get your hands on one. Maintaining a classic car is thousands of dollars a year, but it allows for independence. Our driver brought us to the one place that still carries immense pride for the country- the Cuban national baseball stadium- where even the best players make $35 a month, and some risk their lives to escape and make more money. Being stuck in the 50s might make for idyllic scenes, but behind the glamorous veneer, there is immense hardship.