Warhol P’s Diary

Cuba: No Country for the Elderly

April 17, 2014 | 2 comments

I was thinking about the inevitable passage of time and, after a very simple calculation, concluded I would turn 50 in 10 years. In 20, if I haven’t died of a heart attack (the main cause of death among men in Cuba), I will have turned 60 and become, as they say, a senior citizen.

Cuba and the End of Things

April 8, 2014 | 8 comments

Today, I sat down to think about all of the people I have met in the course of my life in one way or another, people who are no longer around – not because they’ve left the country (there’s plenty of those), but because they’re now pushing up daisies.

Browsing Through a Cuban Classifieds Page

March 21, 2014 | 1 Comment »

I almost never browse through these kinds of pages, but, in view of the chaotic condition my ten-year-old computer is in at the moment, I decided to take a look to see how much money I would need to get my hands on a laptop in better shape.

Today’s Cuba and Bad Behavior

March 5, 2014 | 3 comments

The film, which tackles a highly interesting social problem we face today, makes us think and realize that stories like its plot are becoming more and more common in our society and that we often do not want to put such topics on the table.

Long Live USB Drives in Cuba

February 26, 2014 | 4 comments

We’re off to get this week’s TV show package! “Oh, the joy,” many of my neighbors exclaim. USB drives have proven immensely useful from the time we’ve been able to afford them, as a means of storing or exchanging information, documents and videos of every sort.

Our Ability to Decipher Good and Bad

February 11, 2014 | 4 comments

While doing my shopping this past Sunday in the Marianao plaza, I was witness to a small police operative. Right where I was standing, they detained one of the many who day by day dedicates their efforts to reselling good sold at state establishements.

Looking for a Newsstand…and Going Insane in the Process

January 31, 2014 | 2 comments

I used to buy magazines and newspapers regularly. I speak in the past tense because, since a few months ago, it is no longer so easy for me to buy the periodicals I used to read to keep abreast of developments in culture and become informed about events of significance.

An Underdeveloped New Year’s in Havana

January 15, 2014 | 4 comments

A year ends and another one begins – such is the circle of life. I often wonder why people congratulate one another on the street. Is it to celebrate the fact we are still alive? If that’s the reason, I can understand that.

Cuba: The Time That Flies

January 6, 2014 | 14 comments

While reading an international magazine, I came across a quote by Confucius that caught my attention: “In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” I spent the better part of the night awake, thinking of these words.

Advertising on Cuban Television

November 27, 2013 | 1 Comment »

De tarde en casa (“Afternoon at Home”) is the name of a Cuban television program aired every Sunday at 5 in the afternoon and hosted by Rakel Mayedo. I’ve seen the program a couple of times and found it interesting every so often because of the guests invited on the show. But on this occasion I was totally bewildered.