Veronica Vega’s diary

Good Intentions

July 15, 2016 | 6 comments

I grew up hearing that I was extremely lucky to have been born in a system whose government promised social justice, something that only existed in socialist countries, I was assured.

Cuba’s Greatest Problem

May 30, 2016 | 40 comments

A person I hold in high regard recently expressed: “Cuba’s main problem is the Wet foot/ Dry foot Policy. Because of it, we Cubans feel like we aren’t responsible for changing for what negatively affects us in our own country. We resolve everything by jumping into the sea.”

Love thy neighbor as yourself.  Illustration: Yasser Castellanos
Surviving in Cuba

May 24, 2016 | 5 comments

My friend recently told me that he feels like he doesn’t understand Cubans anymore, and that he feels out of place. “I don’t know if it’s just me who’s got it wrong”, he said confused “but I see so much craziness everywhere.”

Olver a la izquierda, con púlover negro, con OMNI-ZONAFRANCA en la Casa de la Poesía
What We Are Not Expecting

April 22, 2016 | No Comments »

I’d begun a post commenting on Irina Pino’s “The death of my father.” I wanted to write about the brutal indifference in hospitals in Cuba, when processing a deceased person – something that also should be considered a service.

Yasser-Sobrevivimos a golpe de esperanza
Cuba in the Aftermath of a Magic Performance

April 6, 2016 | 4 comments

Cuba is returning to normal. What’s normal for Cuba is for people to struggle to survive, as Obama and the American Dream retreat, once again, to a distance of 90 miles.

Imagen que circuló a propósito del 17 Dic. 2014
Obama in Cuba: A Lesson in Bridge Building

April 4, 2016 | 11 comments

That a foreign leader should speak of the real needs of Cubans for the first time in more than fifty years is much more than one of the numerous “surrealist” details of our history. It is the implacable victory of time and logic.

The More Immediate Country

March 15, 2016 | No Comments »

In Cuba, where emigration has been a pressing issue for decades, people tend to think that the solution to the most serious problems is to be found in a passport, a visitor’s visa, or a raft. Death, however, is a country more immediate than any other…

To Beg or Work with Love

March 3, 2016 | No Comments »

I am convinced that mediocrity does not actually exist. That is to say, I do not believe mediocrity stems from something we lack. It is, at most, a choice. We all have a unique gift, which could be as simple as having a pleasant personality, the ability to give others hope.

Hemorrhage.  Illustration by Yasser Castellanos.
The Reasons for Cuba’s Failure

January 11, 2016 | 5 comments

I want to thank readers for their comments regarding the post To Leave or Not to Leave Cuba. To my friend Rene, who appears to be sincerely worried about me, I would like to ask whether he’s offering psychiatric services.

To leave or not to leave.  Illustration by Yasser Castellanos
To Leave or Not to Leave Cuba

December 22, 2015 | 9 comments

In a conversation we had between the many of us who write for Havana Times, somebody brought up the topic of choosing to emigrate and the editor said that it would be a good subject for us to discuss: whether we would leave or not, and why.