Arrival – Dillon O’Hare

My name is Dillon O’Hare and I am a freshman at the University of Alabama, majoring in International Business and Spanish.

I have lived in Alabama all my life, but travel quite often. The opportunity to come to Cuba is something that I could not pass up.

 The first thought that came to mind as we drove from the airport to the hotel is poverty. Despite the country’s poor state, the culture here is thriving. The vibrant colors, especially in February, are just something that we don’t have back home. The people here are surprisingly eager to share their way of life with us.

My goals for this trip are to further understand the United States’ relationship with Cuba, experience the culture, strengthen my ability to converse with others in Spanish, and build relationships with both Cubans and the people I am here with.