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Orientation Week: We’re Bonding

As I enter my second week of registration period at the University of Havana, I decided to take a moment and reflect on our group adventures thus far.
From Toronto, my group and I endured a 3 hour flight to Havana as well as an additional 3 hour wait for our bags. When we finally made it through customs, our director Michelle was waiting outside to welcome and deliver us to our families. Because of our late arrival from the airport, we were only able to exchange brief introductions with our families before going to sleep.
The next day we hit the ground running. Our group met up at Michelle’s apartment on Wednesday for introductions and to begin our four day orientation. From there we received our Cuban phones, learned how to exchange money, went out for lunch, and went over rules. The next day, our group took a bus tour around the city and visited Habana Libre, a hotel that would become our base for finding almost anything we needed. On Friday, we began by visiting the University for a quick tour and to learn how to register for classes. Once finished, we spent the afternoon exploring Habana Vieja (Old Havana). To end our amazing orientation week, our group met up Saturday morning for a beach day in Playa del Este.
As I was going through my pictures from orientation, I quickly realized that this would be no ordinary blog. From the beginning our group dynamic has been amazing, and throughout orientation week we got to know more about everybody’s unique personalities. I appreciated how much my group-mates played into my pictures, constantly posing and ‘acting natural.’ The pictures below include a bit of the city we’re still getting to know, and a lot of my group-mates’ unique personalities. Looks like the start of a great semester.
Hasta Luego.

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