Irina Pino’s Diary

Rex Cinema II
Havana’s Rex Cinema

August 19, 2016 | 3 comments

The wretched state of the Rex Cinema, on San Rafael Boulevard in downtown Havana, doesn’t stop me from seeing it and what it once was, with super comfortable seats and excellent air conditioning.

Marylin Monroe
Marilyn Monroe: Icon of Desire

August 9, 2016 | 2 comments

It seems that adversity stood in your way and wanted to erase your name, dark horsemen didn’t want you to continue on living, they tried to silence you…

Jovenes cubanos.  Foto: Juan Suárez
Holiday Entertainment

August 5, 2016 | 2 comments

In the holidays, the kids in my neighborhood enjoy going to the coast, bathing in the sea. They also play bul-le, that’s the slang name for it, but it’s just a game of cards which up to six players can play.

Sex in Rooms by the Hour

July 26, 2016 | 2 comments

I can still remember the place on 11 and 24th Streets, right next to the Iron Bridge, which now serves as a “transitional housing unit” for families who, for one reason or another, have ended up without their own homes.

Estante casi vacío en el departamento de confituras de La Puntilla
The Decay of a Havana Shopping Center

July 22, 2016 | 4 comments

Everyday, we find out about the irregularities that state-run establishments make on the TV news. The media for the masses tells us to some extent what’s going on, but it’s us Cubans who have to pay the consequences.

In my youth.
When We Were Young and Promiscuous

July 1, 2016 | 31 comments

Having casual relationships is something you do when you’re growing up, without fear of getting STDs. When I was young, I was promiscuous, like a lot of my friends. We had sex on stairways, in parks, on rooftops, in rooms they used to lend us…

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The Fito Paez Concert at Havana’s Karl Marx Theater

June 22, 2016 | 1 Comment »

I saw the announcement about composer and singer Fito Paez’s arrival with his band, and the reason why he wanted to perform his last concert on his Latin American tour in our beloved, marvelous city.

Illustration: Yasser Castellanos
Houses and Families

June 12, 2016 | 1 Comment »

I was born in Vedado, in a house we inherited from an aunt of mine who left for the US. In the early ‘60s, emigration intensified and as a result many houses remained empty. People who were living in poor conditions or who didn’t even have a house, broke into these houses and claimed to be their owners.

A private cafe where there are always soft drinks.
Eating Ice Cream and Drinking Soda, a Difficult Mission in Havana

June 5, 2016 | 22 comments

I go to Old Havana quite often to see a friend and colleague of mine from HT. She brings her laptop and I bring my external hard drive. We look for a quiet place where we can exchange films, literature and news articles whilst we talk about the things that interest us.

Photo: Caridad
From the Room Next-Door

May 25, 2016 | No Comments »

Bárbara was my schoolfriend and neighbor, and because she didn’t have any brothers or sisters, we shared a lot together: we loved listenening to music, playing ludo, talking for hours on end and watching films.