For more than 40 years Washington’s been trying to put up a wall around Cuba. While telling everyone Cuba’s a terrible place the U.S. won’t even let its citizens go there and see for themselves.
All this notwithstanding tourism is the islands growth industry and much of it is in the form of work (and solidarity) brigades and educational tours.
In March 2007 eighteen students and two teachers from Vancouver's Lord Byng Secondary went to Cuba for ten days to learn about dance, culture and history. They were not tourists. They witnessed Cuba as guests of their island peers. This is the first part of their story.
And while you're at it, why not have a look at Old Havana .