Irina Pino’s Diary


An Unexpected and Wonderful Experience

April 17, 2017 | 1 Comment »

For a few days now, some Havana Times writers have been busy with a project to promote our website. Video interviews have been recorded, something unusual for us, although this is how you raise money in the rest of the world to sell an image and a product.




Original Lion Statutes in Havana Park Disappear

April 5, 2017 | No Comments »

Mariana Grajales Park, in the capital’s Vedado neighborhood, doesn’t have it’s original lions anymore, now it has some ordinary ones, probably made out of concrete. Where the statues ended up remains a mystery up until today.




Bob Dylan at the Cuba Fototeca

March 29, 2017 | No Comments »

A collection of photos taken by Ted Russell, in tribute to the modern music icon, Bob Dylan, will be on show at the Fototeca de Cuba, in Old Havana, through April 24th. (10 fotos)




Orgasms, orgasms…

March 24, 2017 | 5 comments

Having an orgasm with love is the perfect combination, a powerful alliance which brings a couple together, as well as other interests, like friendship, children (if you have them) and all kinds of relationships.




Differences, Oddities

March 15, 2017 | No Comments »

People who are different might bother other people’s eyes but it hurts those on the receiving end more, who have to put up with society’s averting glances, its disgust.




A Cuba for Gays, Transvestites, Lesbians, Transsexuals…

March 6, 2017 | 7 comments

Yesterday, a gay friend, writer and photographer, who I love very much, invited me to see the screening of the documentary Villa Rosa, which was made in Caibarien, Villa Clara. The film premiered at the Havana Young Filmmakers’ Festival, and tells us of several gay experiences in an entertaining way.




Cuban Emigres: Happy, Maladjusted or Stuck

February 24, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Life changes for all emigres, for better or worse. You can see this in a friend of mine, who has just come back to visit his family, just by looking at him, his transformation has been huge.




Today on Valentine’s Day, I Remember Him…

February 14, 2017 | 2 comments

Lovers and friends come together to celebrate February 14th. They get presents ready, there are invitations in the air… but as I’m no longer in love, I don’t even worry, although sometimes I remember a relationship I had with a 17 year old boy when I was 24.




The Writers Who Helped Me

February 10, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Now that the 2017 Cuba Book Fair has kicked off in Havana, people frequently talk about writers and their great egos, about their verbosity in front of a room full of people who only want to flatter them, to feed their self-regard.




Two Tourists and Their Perception of Cuba

January 30, 2017 | 2 comments

While sitting in the Plaza de Armas one day waiting for my friend and Havana Times colleague, Veronica Vega, I heard a conversation between two foreigners, almost without wanting to…