At 9 am today students took their ISSEM course exams. It was a gloomy morning as students walked in to take their exams. After the exams most students found the exams fair, especially the students of development economics were pleased.
Today, was also the day of German Unification and there was a small ceremony at the German embassy.
Some students took their exams, and then travelled on to other states in Cuba. Such as Viñales, Trinidad and Maria la Gorda. This is the End of the summer school, and now there is still some time for exploring Cuba -for those that didn’t travel at the beginning of the summer school.
Many students however will fly back to Berlin tomorrow. Some professors and students already left today.
In the evening there was one final ISSEM office dinner. Then the crew and the few students that remained in Havana met at the Malecon to celebrate into the Birthday of the head of the WIWEX GmbH Jan Hansen!
Classes have now been transferred to the hotel Habana Libre. The transition was smooth, and if students are still not sure where their classes are, check the notice board at the first floor outside the ISSEM office at the Habana Libre. In general, the notice board is full of useful tips and suggestions and information. Students can also pin up their own recommendations and communicate through the board.
In the evening students could participate in a movie night. The movie Strawberry and Chocolate( Fresca y Chocolate) was screened which is a film based on the short story by Senel Paz who also wrote the screenplay for the movie. The movie is set in Havana, and deals with different social phenomena. After that students headed on out to the Malecon for a drink, and to enjoy the vast night life that Havana has to offer.
At 8:00 am a group of students headed out for a bike tour through Havana. I personally perticipated in this tour and i can only recommend it. It is a great way to get to know the city. You can also learn a lot about Havana. Our guide Yasser made the tour very enjoyable and taught us a lot about the city. The tour started with a ride through the lush and green Havana forrest, we then went to the 3rd biggest cemetry in the world that is based in Havana. From there we meandered through the colorful neighbourhoods of the old town, and lastly we biked down the Malecon.
I will write a detailed piece about the bike tour soon. I can,however, only urge anyone that gets the opportunity, to take part in the bike tour.
Our guide Yasser giving us some knowledge about the forrest of Havana.
The bike crew at the Plaza de la Revolucion.
In the evening there was a culture exchange, at Erich’s house. Erich is a German expatriate that has lived in Cuba for the last 20 years, he is a Cuba expert in his own right. Students asked questions and talked to him in the comfort of his home.
For now the ISSEM week has been going very well. It is Friday, and the music is blaring out of the lightly lit bars of Vedado. The streets are full of people that are dressed up, and ready to dance into the weekend. So lets see what this weekend holds for us…