Flying Jayhawks experience “people to people” opportunity in Cuba

Posted on May 6, 2015 in Alumni News and News

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If you have been on the fence about taking a trip with the Flying Jayhawks, get off that fence and book a trip today. I recently had the opportunity to take my first trip with the Flying Jayhawks and it was unforgettable. On this nine-day trip to Cuba, everything was taken care of—all I had to do was have fun! We had a knowledgeable local guide, tons of terrific Cuban food, an itinerary packed with amazing experiences that an average tourist wouldn’t get and a great tour director from our tour operator, Gohagan.

Since Cuba is sort of a mystery to most Americans, I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived. Some things were just as you would expect: lots of old American cars and lots of cigars and rum. The most surprising thing to most of us was how many tourists were in Cuba. There were a number of other American tour groups and many tourists from other countries. Despite currently accommodating a lot of tourists, I don’t think they are quite ready for the rush of Americans who will visit once the borders open. It was nice to visit before all of these changes take place, and it will be interesting to see how things change.

This particular trip to Cuba focused on people-to-people interactions, engaging Cuban individuals and U.S. travelers with one another. We met with scholars, artists, architects, farmers, musicians, school children and others who were able to provide a unique glimpse into what life is like in Cuba. We toured the city of Havana, saw the resort area of Varadero and traveled through the Cuban countryside. It was a great mix of people and places and definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity.

—Michelle Lang, director of Kansas programs, hosted the Flying Jayhawks excursion to Cuba from April 19-27, 2015. The group is pictured below in the top photo; the bottom photo includes travelers from Texas Tech who were adopted as honorary Jayhawks. In 2013, another group of Flying Jayhawks travelers experienced Cuba; read more about their trip. For more information about the Flying Jayhawks program, including the 2016 schedule, visit www.kualumni.org/flyingjayhawks.

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Flying Jayhawks in Cuba

See more photos in the slideshow below, or view the album on Flickr.

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