There’s nothing in life I fear more than being unable to carry out my plans. I’m the type of person who’s always looking for new things to do. I write short stories, I make and act in my own films, I dream up the occasional film script and a million other things.
Warhol P’s Diary
In Cuba, your pockets may be full of all kinds of bills and you can still run into all manner of obstacles and mistreatment at stores while trying to make a simple purchase. The lesson of the story is that, on the island, money doesn’t change things.
The government’s methods change over time. In the 90s, during the Special Period, power cuts were scheduled and people were informed of them in advance through different media. For several months now, they have been unannounced.
It’s said that what a writer sitting in front of a blank page needs is for his muse to come down and inspire him. I don’t put much stock in that. What I personally need to write a good story is absolute peace and quiet.
Whenever acts of police brutality take place in other corners of the world, Cuban television wastes no time to show us the images. They don’t seem to know, or pretend not to know, that police brutality exists in Cuba as well.
It was just a matter of time. A few days ago, at the Wi-Fi hot spot in Mariano, they killed a young man to take his laptop. As a result of this tragedy, they removed the power outlets neighbors had installed there so that users could connect their devices.
It’s incredible how many Cubans are unable to forget the 80s, when there was no shortage of food on the island. This is something I noticed during several visits to the hospital where my leg burn was being treated.
My uncle left six years ago and came to visit a some days ago. He came with his wife, who’d managed to leave Cuba only a year ago, through the family sponsorship process. They had come to visit their relatives here
I had an accident a few days ago: I spilt a pot full of boiling bean stew over my left leg. I immediately headed over to the nearest hospital, the military clinic. I walked several kilometers in pain and, when I arrived at the emergency ward, an elderly nurse immediately and attentively treated me.
People knew that unscrupulous individuals who will do anything to make easy money, no matter what the consequences, would begin to appear in these places with pay-to-use WiFi service where hundreds of people with fairly expensive devices gather.