In Cuba, with the sanctions lifting and the border opening and big business rushing in – Hello, Netflix! – a trip to the beach can be socioeconomic reconnaissance.
“We knew it would be different," said Mariah Knott, one of eight Penn State Behrend students who traveled to Havana this year. “They have free housing, free health care and free education, but they often don’t have access to the most basic things, including transportation. I had no idea that people lived like that.”