Kabir Vega’s Diary


Class Differences in a Cuban Classroom?

April 18, 2014 | 1 Comment »

When I look back at how I felt in the classroom when I first started my English course, the changes I’ve experienced seem incredible to me. At the time, I would see so many people with touchscreen phones that I was embarrassed to pull out my MP3 player, for even something as insignificant as this is a status symbol.




I Don’t Want an ID Card

March 26, 2014 | 8 comments

I am citizen number 96111609987 – a non-organ donor, male. This is some of the information used to classify me, in much the same way a lifeless product is categorized. I’ve hated IDs ever since I turned 16. Before that, I used to go out without a care in the world.




We Want More Violence (Part I)

March 22, 2014 | 1 Comment »

The more realistic and brutal the violence in a videogame, the more that videogame sells. Combats ceased to be based on respect, as the martial arts or codes of chivalry teach, many years ago. Battles ceased to be between “good and evil” long ago.




Japanese Animation in Cuba

March 17, 2014 | 3 comments

Though Japanese animation is officially referred to as “anime”, most people in Cuba call it “manga” (which is actually the Japanese word for “comic strip”). Manga animated films are a huge hit among young Cubans. (8 photos)




Unworthy Conduct: on Cuba’s Latest Film Sensation

March 6, 2014 | 2 comments

I am rather disappointed with Cuban cinema in general but, after hearing many positive comments about Daranas’ new film Conducta (“Conduct”), I managed to overcome my misgivings and went to see it. The movie had a promising beginning.




The Limits of Free Love

February 27, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Not long ago, Havana Times blogger Irina Pino’s article on polyamorous relationships sparked off a debate at the site. Pino claims that one can never find the perfect partner and is bound to idealize him or her in accordance with one’s desires.




Magic: What is it Good For?

February 21, 2014 | 1 Comment »

I recently got my hands on a video about a magician known as “Dynamo”, who some consider superior to the super-famous David Copperfield. I saw him swallow a handkerchief and then pull it out from his breastbone.




A New Perspective on School

February 5, 2014 | 2 comments

The school has actually surprised me: every day, I go back home satisfied with what I’ve learned. At my old high school, we had entire periods that people slept through or used to do a bit of mischief. It was distressing. I would go to school as though it were a kind of punishment.




Cuba and the Environment: We Are the Ones Who Lose

January 31, 2014 | 6 comments

When I take a stroll down Alamar, if I have to cut across a green area, I find it hard to choose a path: absolutely all of them are covered with garbage, and the abominable smell of rotting food, dead animals and stagnant water.




A Rock Band Very Few Know in Cuba

January 21, 2014 | No Comments »

Cuarteto de Nos is an Uruguayan rock band that made a very powerful first impression on me with their music video – the only one I’ve seen, in fact – for the song Ya no se que hacer conmigo (“I No Longer Know What to do With Myself”), from the album Raro (“Weirdo”).