Veronica Vega’s diary

Attitude.  by Yasser Castellanos
A Cuban Without a Smart Phone

September 30, 2016 | 1 Comment »

My neighbor tells me that her son, who began studying at a pedagogical institute affiliated to the University of Havana, was taken aback when in English class (the subject he hopes to graduate in) the teacher asked them who didn’t have a smartphone.

Juan Carlos Flores at a poetry reading.
Crossing Over

September 21, 2016 | 1 Comment »

On Thursday September 15th, the sea that washes up on “Russian beach” in Alamar, spread the ashes of poet Juan Carlos Flores, who couldn’t even wait for his end prescribed by natural decree.

Going against the current.  Illustration by Yasser Castellanos
Getting Off the Cuba Merry-Go-Round

September 12, 2016 | 24 comments

When I notice that weeks have gone by and I haven’t been able to finish off an article for my diary, I examine my conscience and I’m forced to admit that I’ve fallen into the general apathy of the Cuban people.

2. Pisina Gigante
In Cuba: Against Life

August 8, 2016 | 2 comments

If we see a place associated with so many happy memories, run down, broken, forgotten, it’s inevitable that we feel like something (or someone) is mocking what our past is worth, the hard work and resources that were needed to build it…

The Power of Doubt

August 1, 2016 | No Comments »

I’ve been witness to a doctor’s disabling prognosis on more than one occasion, which destroys in one phrase the concept of “tomorrow”. However, the worst thing is the sick person’s faith, which accepts this as something inevitable.

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.