Veronica Vega’s diary

We Decide: “Trees Aren’t the Problem”

October 14, 2017 | No Comments »

On October 10th, under the slogan “Trees aren’t the problem”, artists, environmentalists and lovers of life on the whole came together and participated in the performance piece “Human Connection for Forest Revitalization.” (23 photos)

The Value of Life

October 3, 2017 | 2 comments

Hurricane Irma ripped a coconut palm out from the roots in front of my building. It was a blow to see it the next day, taken down lying on the grass, but it was worse to see another that had managed to survive being cut down.

Waking up with Hurricane Irma

September 28, 2017 | 1 Comment »

I vividly remember the vision that they used to give me at school about the excessive poverty that ate away at the island before 1959 and that feeling of pride when faced with a dream of accomplished justice: “that’s all in the past now.”

Things I Don’t Understand Here in Cuba

August 28, 2017 | 1 Comment »

A movie from the ‘70s has stirred a curious doubt within me. “Metello”, the Italian social drama whose plot unfolds in Florence in the early 20th century, touches upon the struggle of the working class.

The Limits of Our Protection

August 22, 2017 | 2 comments

One of the expressions of this crisis of values that is eating away at Cuba and which many people are taking seriously, is the number of stray animals on the street and the condition they are found in.

The Swindled

August 17, 2017 | 3 comments

I don’t have a TV because I chose not to have one. So I don’t have any idea about what’s been on TV this summer. But, I have returned to TV past during these summer days, thanks to a film bank.

Shortcomings of the Cuban Revolution

July 25, 2017 | 7 comments

I was surprised to discover that an official media platform such as that of Trabajadores weekly newspaper, had denounced an act of racial discrimination which is being investigated by the Attorney General of Cuba.

The Good and the Bad When it Comes to Cuba

July 15, 2017 | 9 comments

A French friend used to tell me that listening to criticism from foreigners about her country was a healthy experience for her. The general opinions of a visitor tend to be based on the splendor of a first impression, and aren’t objective at all.

Let’s Hope “That” Doesn’t Come to Cuba

June 26, 2017 | No Comments »

The day Donald Trump announced the changes to his policy towards Cuba, the news caught me at the home of a computer accessories salesman. As the man had the TV switched on, I asked him what the US president had said…

Making Money Off Ignorance, Using Innocence

June 22, 2017 | 4 comments

The photo is of a so-called “hot dog” label (a kind of sausage which is widely consumed in Cuba), sold in hard currency among other meat products. They are quite popular and are used to put together a quick meal and even the bread with “something” snack.