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Going to Cuba for my Spanish Comparative Literature class was like taking a time machine back to the 1960s The cars were old fashioned the architecture of the buildings was just as it had been when the Spaniards built it and there was a lot of vegetation as if it had not been fully industrialized I must admit I was not ready for what I was about to experience I was excited and nervous My family was happy yet afraid that I would only see what the government wanted me to see They were wrong What I lived was much more than I expectedOur class took the seven-day trip to work at a Cuban editorial where our teacher Mabel Cuesta used to work There I met and became friends with some of the most kind-hearted generous people you can find They were polite smart and very hardworking They always made the best of what they had On one evening we took a tour around the city of Matanzas with all of the Editoriales Viga workers We saw beautiful landscapes crystal-blue rivers wonderful statues and architecture We got exposed to the culture and history through art museums and their theater We also saw the other side As we walked through the streets where the citizens live the buildings started to get more and more worn down some of them were just remains the streets were cracked the water was dirty A tear started going down my cheek as I saw two kids barefoot playing with the water in the sewer others played basketball with a torn ball they found in a pile of trash that lay nearby I hugged my teacher as we both cried over the city she grew up in my familys birthplace they city they left behind to look for a better lifeAt that moment I understood her I knew of the life I couldve had versus the life I am lucky to
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