Cuba fieldcourse 2010



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CUBA FIELDCOURSE 2010





Geography, school of environment & development

University of Manchester


Name: _______________________________________
CONTENTS





Page

Introduction, Travel and Accommodation details, Contacting Staff


2

Organisation and General Itinerary

3

Orientation

8

Fieldcourse Themes

9

Doing Urban Research

12

Culture, History and People


Cuban Timeline

Fidel Castro and Contemporary Histories of Cuba

Cuban Five

Key Figures in Cuba’s Contemporary Cultural History



16

17

21



26

27

Living in Cuba: Population, Politics and Economy


30

Politics

31

Economy

32




People

36




Religion

37




Sport

39



Cuban Landmarks


40

Thursday: Historical Office, Havana Veija and Centro Habana:

41

Friday: University, Revolution Square and Vedado

56

Saturday: Outside Havana

65

Sunday: Project Time

71

Monday: Tourism, Playas del Este

72

Tuesday: Tours and Assessment

75

Practical Information


80

Health and Safety Information

81

Safety Advice from Foreign and Commonwealth Office

86

Eating in Havana

91

What should I bring?

92

Insurance Details

93



INTRODUCTION

This handbook is intended to provide you with most of the basic information that you will need while you are in Cuba. It provides you with an itinerary; details of the assessment of the fieldcourse and some practical information.



Accommodation


We will be staying at the Hotel Vedado

Calle O e/ 23 y 25, Vedado. Ciudad de La Habana

Telephone 00(537) 8364072

Flight Details


Outward Journey Wednesday 24h March:

Virgin Atlantic (VS63) Gatwick South Terminal (11.45) to Havana Jose Marti (arr 17.40)



Note: ensure you are at the check-in desk by 08.30
Return Journey Wednesday 31st March:

Virgin Atlantic (VS64) Havana Jose Marti (19.10) to Gatwick, South Terminal (arr 09.25, Thursday 1st April)


Remember: There is a $25CUCs departure tax (per person) to be paid in cash on departure from Cuba.

Staff Contact Details:

Students can contact us on 00447770220991 (Gavin) or 00447786335295 (Neil) from Tuesday 23rd March. If you are calling from a Cuban phone (e.g. from the hotel), then dial 119 44 7770220991 (Gavin) or 119447786335295 (Neil).


ORGANISATION

The following itinerary outlines what we will be doing each day. You will have to organise your time to complete the activities set and to make time for your project work. Make sure that you read the relevant pages of your handbook before setting out each morning. Don’t just wander the streets – make sure that you address the questions that are set, keep notes in fieldwork notebook. Rather than just ‘getting from one location to the next’, use each day to think about how you can develop your tour – try to walk between locations rather than getting taxis and use all the time you have available so that you have a good knowledge of the city.


General Itinerary



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