A Week in Havana with Eastern University - Part 4

February 25- March 4, 2017

Sherry Kull – traveling with Linda Beck, Julia Stewart, June Phillips, Susan Zacharkiw, Krysta Zacharkiw, Dawn Spaar, Frieda Brinkmann, Ingrid Cooper, Molly Rozbeh, Stephen & Christine Kim

Between the classic architecture and the vintage cars, it’s easy to feel as though time has stood still in this tropical paradise.  I expected to see a handful of the 1950s classic autos in downtown Havana, but no, they are everywhere.  There are estimated to be thousands of old Fords, Chevys, Buicks, and Cadillacs, along with the obligatory Soviet-era Russian Moskvitch or Lada.  

Don’t even think about trying to buy a gorgeous Chevy Bel Air like this one, for instance. Their owners take great pride in lovingly maintaining these gems, worth perhaps $50-60,000 each, though it’s hard to put a true value on them.  They provide a great income for their lucky owners who cater to the influx of tourists.

All week long we watched admiringly as these classic autos sped past us.  Finally, we had our chance.  On Thursday evening, we gathered ocean-side at the Hotel Nacional for drinks and music at sunset.  We decided to take the classic taxis home instead of walking, so Julia, who speaks Spanish fluently, served as our negotiator.  Take her along on your next trip! She hired three taxis for the twelve of us, all three pink convertibles from the 1950s. We piled into a Ford, a Buick, and a Chevy. The drivers took us for a 30 minute joy ride around the Malecón (ocean boulevard), and yes, we felt like giddy teenagers again.  When they dropped us off back at our B&B’s, we owed them a whopping 5 CUCs each, about $5.00 It was the best deal we had all week!

Read on to Part 5 --> Closing Reflections

Sherry Kull, MDiv, PhD, is the Senior Instructional Designer for Chalk & Table.  Sherry also serves on the university's Faculty Development Committee.
Prior to joining Eastern in 2009, Sherry worked for many years at Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, PA. She designed their non-traditional, cohort-based MDiv program that was delivered in a blended format. She also led Biblical into its first fully online course offerings.
Sherry’s first position at Eastern was in the School of Management Studies, with one of her duties being to train SMS’s adjuncts how to teach blended or online courses. This was the genesis of the training that has been expanded university-wide and now includes implementation of Quality Matters throughout Eastern. Sherry continues to practice and sharpen her online skills with more than ten years’ experience teaching fully online courses.
Outside of Eastern, Sherry is part-owner of K9JYM, a dog-training facility in Colmar, PA. The JYM provides training classes in nearly all dog sports and hosts competitions of various sorts on the weekends. Sherry works on the management end of the business, and enjoys training with her Australian Shepherd mix Rudy in the sport of canine agility.