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WPU Trip to Cuba

Cuba

Fri Jul 12th, 2013 - Fri Jul 19th, 2013

08:00 a.m. - 08:00 p.m.

 

Cuba Student/Alumni Trip (7 days): July 12-19, 2013.

Tickets: $4,000 per person (includes airfare from Raleigh, NC, trip insurance, costs for meals not covered in tour, taxes and surcharges)

Presented by the Office of Academic Affairs.

CUBAN ARTS: PAST AND PRESENT
Understanding Cuba through Writing, Religion, Music, and Dance

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

* Visit Old Havana’s Call Obispo, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Museum of the Revolution.

* Attend Opera de la Calle’s musical performance.

* Observe historic architecture during walking tours of Old Havana and Vedado.

* Tour the Yoruba Cultural Association with an anthropologist to discover Yoruba culture, religion, and literary traditions.

* Discuss Cuban literature with local writers in Cienfuegos.

* Spend a day in Trinidad, focusing on its history and literature.

* Meet performers at a ballet studio in Old Havana.

ITINERARY:

FRIDAY, JULY 12
Depart Raleigh for Havana, via Miami. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. This afternoon, hear a talk about Cuba’s current economic, social, political and cultural transition. It provides an overview of the last two decades, showing the main problems in the Cuban socialist model, people’s concerns, and public policies. Gather for a welcome dinner. This evening attend Opera de la Calle’s musical performance. Overnight at Hotel Vedado. (LD)

SATURDAY, JULY 13
Gather for a talk by Rafael Hernandez about Cuba’s economic transition. Continue on to Old Havana’s Calle Obispo to explore public/private markets, supply and demand, prices, and dual currency during visits to diverse markets (state, private, convertible peso, and subsidized). Have lunch at Santo Angel Restaurant. This afternoon, visit the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of the Revolution. Overnight at Hotel Vedado. (BL)

SUNDAY, JULY 14
Take a walking tour of Old Havana. After lunch, discover Carpentier’s Havana on a walking tour of Vedado that focuses on the author and architecture, observing where tradition and modernity connect. Overnight at Hotel Vedado. (BL)

MONDAY, JULY 15
Visit the Yoruba Cultural Association. Meet the Association’s president and Ifa priest. See the museum with an anthropologist, followed by a discussion about Yoruba culture, religion and literary traditions. This afternoon, visit a working class neighborhood and interact with a Catholic priest and a leading hip hop musician/grassroots activist. Discuss popular religious beliefs and practices, social and race relations, and popular music (hip hop, rock, reggaeton) as expression of social issues. Continue to an agricultural coop and talk to workers about food production. (BL)

TUESDAY, JULY 16
Travel to Cienfuegos. After lunch at Club Cienfuegos, meet with local writers to discuss their work, views about Cuban literature, and current challenges faced in Cuba. Also attend a Choir of Cienfuegos audition. Have dinner at a paladar with UNEAC members. Overnight at Hotel Union. (BLD)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17
Spend the day in Trinidad. Visit the city with a special focus on its history and literature. Have lunch at a private home and talk with the owner about how his experience as an entrepreneur. Overnight at Hotel Union. (BL)

THURSDAY, JULY 18
Return to Havana. This afternoon, experience Spain’s cultural footprint during a visit to a ballet studio in Old Havana. Meet performers and observe their fusion dance style, which combines Cuban and flamenco influences. This evening, dine at a paladar. Overnight at Hotel Vevado. (BD)

FRIDAY, JULY 19
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to Raleigh, via Miami. (B)

PROGRAM PRICING:
* Tickets: $4,000 per person (includes airfare from Raleigh, NC, trip insurance, costs for meals not covered in tour, taxes and surcharges)

THE FINE PRINT:

Cost is based on double occupancy. A $200 per person deposit and enrollment form is due upon booking. This deposit is refundable until April 9, 2013 excluding a $100 cancelation fee. Final payments are due no later than April 9, 2013; cancelations received after this date are not refundable. Travel/trip cancelation insurance is strongly recommended. For more information call Travel Insured at 800-243-3174 or visit www.travelinsured.com. Holbrook Travel’s agency number is 15849.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Michelle Korczynski at 800-396-0763 or email Michelle here.

Questions? Contact JoAnn Clark at 919-508-2291 or by email.

Learn more here.

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