A group of Poets safely returned to Stonyhurst last Wednesday evening after an incredible trip to Cuba over half term, along with Mr Goodwin and Miss Bridges. Pupils and staff were overwhelmed by the natural beauty of the island, the vibrancy of its cities and the friendliness of its people. The group spent five days in the capital, where they discovered both colonial and modern Havana on foot, by bike, by classic convertible or by ‘coco-taxi’. Pupils were fascinated to learn about Cuba’s complex past, its fast-moving present and its current government’s exciting plans for its future, particularly regarding the socialist nation’s relationship to the US and other parts of the world. The group travelled onwards to the Viñales Valley, where they experienced the coffee and tobacco plantations from the ground, the water and from above on zip-wire! Driving along the Soviet-built coastal road to the city of Cienfuegos, the group heard about the failed US invasion at the Bay of Pigs, before their first swim in the Caribbean Sea following the first part of the trip on the Atlantic side. In Cienfuegos, the group experienced the very different architecture and vibes as Cuba’s only former French-colonised city, before finishing the trip in the colourful and music-filled Trinidad region. Despite so many amazing sights and experiences, the true joy for the staff was seeing the internationally and personality-based diverse cohort coming together, looking out for one another and making the experience truly unforgettable for all in true Stonyhurst style. ¡Hasta la próxima, Cuba!