SHORT STORY COMPETITION 

Theme: one “neverending” night or day in Cuba
Set up: you can be as creative as you want to be. Your story just has to be based in Cuba. You can submit poetry, flash fiction, prose etc

Rules: Wordcount min 500- 1500 words. Everything else style and voice is all up to you! You can even submit stories in German or in Spanish.

Submit your stories to issemblog@gmail.com

Deadline is the 20th of October 2016


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Morning tunes in Havana 

In the morning the cars zoom through the streets, and cough up a dark cloud of smoke into the air. Like a heavy smoker with a good morning cough, life goes on and the colorful aged cars continue to wheeze in the streets, collecting school children in uniform, with slick gel backed hair.

In a park under the tree a group of people join in on a communal activity, more like a meditation to open their minds to a world beyond Cuba that is projected through a third external eye. 

The old strech themselves and greet the day with some Tai Chi, balancing out the Ying and Yang of the city. 

Amongst these daily scenes university students with name tags walk around their neck. We have casa’s here and families that take care of us. It may not be a family in the traditional sense as we pay them, but nonetheless we are living together. It is a little like a WG I suppose.

We have classes that we attend, and we have a routine now. I think that it is not such a bad thing that we had classses in the economic faculty,  as it gave us an insight into what daily lectures look like for Cuban students. Yes, it was very warm, however it was not only hot for some of us but for all of us. 

In 2 weeks one half will leave, and the other half will stay and go on with their daily life here in Cuba. However, i think that maybe we should not segregate ourselves during the course of the summer school, because we have so much in common, for one we are all summer school participants. Secondly, we all attend classes together. 

Therefore, maybe we should look beyond stereotypes that make us different and instead start to learn from our similarities. Think about what you want to to take personally with you once you are back home? What do you want to remember? The rusted taxis that practised price discrimination? The mistrust that everybody is after your money? That everybody wants to sleep with you? That everybody flirted with you? 

Or you can choose to to focus on the things that reminded you that there are places and people that have fears, dreams and rich histories just like you. That try to find a sense of fulfilment just like you? How they go about finding it could be different but it could also be inspiring.

The choice is up to you on what you choose to focus on.

Cuban Music of the Future

I am the kind of person that listens to all kinds of music. Growing up my father told me all the stories of his time through songs and instruments of his generation. I believe strongly that music is something that can give people a feel for how things are or were in a certain place and time.

I made a playlist of the musicians that have to be “known”  in 2016, according to the Fader. I compiled a playlist, so that you guys are also in the know of what artists are hot and popping in Cuba. If you enjoy the music , give the artists a follow on Soundcloud and support them. This is the perfect playlist to listen to on your way to Cuba or just in the Ubahn.

My personal favorite on the list is the Dj and producer Wichy de Vedado and Dj Jigüe. Comment below who you found interesting , or who your favorite cuban musician is. Would love to hear from you.

Here is the link to the article by The Fader : http://www.thefader.com/2016/03/16/cuban-artists-you-need-to-know