Irina Pino’s Diary

Searching for a Boyfriend

July 22, 2015 | 3 comments

The idea of using Havana Times to find my friend a boyfriend isn’t an experiment but an attempt at finding an alternative for her. My friend needs a partner. Her loneliness and depression could harm her psychologically in the long run.

Cuban Film Venecia Sinks Miserably

July 15, 2015 | No Comments »

Venecia (“Venice”), the latest film by Cuban director Enrique Alvarez, tells the stories of three young women in the span of 24 hours. The street settings – a restaurant, a bar, a disco – are a pretext to comment on different attitudes and ways of regarding life.

Farewell to Carlos Ruiz de la Tejera

July 9, 2015 | 2 comments

The phone wouldn’t stop ringing. News of a sudden death always draw attention. People want to find out the minutest detail (I don’t know why). There’s always a certain degree of morbid curiosity in the air, I suppose that’s normal.

Seduced by a Cuban

June 26, 2015 | 8 comments

My friend Inga was seduced by a Cuban hustler. They met at a party, danced salsa, had drinks, talked for hours and ended up having sex up on the roof terrace. A passionate string of events that left my foreign friend dazzled.

A Tragic Number

June 23, 2015 | 1 Comment »

People talk of the 27 Club, where Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson and Jean Michel Basquiat are part of the list of those who died at the young age of 27.

To Never Grow Up

June 10, 2015 | No Comments »

Cartoons are part of the world of children, but many adults still enjoy them and retain – or have not managed to tear themselves from – the innocence of their childhood. I confess I’ve never stopped liking them.

Never Too Late to Come Out

May 29, 2015 | 2 comments

Back when I was studying at the tourism school in Havana, a classmate and I used to go out with two young men from Cuba’s east. We went to parties, strolled together through Old Havana and practically became inseparable.

Three Mothers

May 11, 2015 | 2 comments

If I set out to write about illustrious mothers, the list would be endless. At any rate, today I would like to pay tribute to these progenitors of flesh-and-blood beings, those marvelous women who stand by their children during misfortunes, and throughout their lives.

Forsaken in Havana, the Wonder City

May 6, 2015 | 2 comments

Leaving the city of Santa Clara at the young age of fourteen, this octogenarian – an illustrious figure in the eyes of his family – would settle definitively in Havana, a destination recently declared one of the world’s “wonder cities.”

Background Music in Cuba

April 27, 2015 | No Comments »

Recently, a friend was telling me about how hard it is to find a restaurant where you can eat while listening to agreeable background music. What you hear most at these establishments are dance pieces or catchy songs with tasteless lyrics.