Kabir Vega’s Diary

What Cuban Students Do on Summer Vacation

August 25, 2015 | 4 comments

These summer months remind me of the school break and the inevitable essay that came with the start of classes in September, on the subject of what you had done during your vacation.

Time Has No Value in Cuba

July 30, 2015 | 6 comments

Because of the dysfunctional nature of our society, the majority of Cubans do not appear to value time. They waste their own time and force others to squander theirs. It doesn’t matter how severely this affects people…

On Cuba’s Class Antagonisms

July 21, 2015 | 3 comments

Finding out you’ve run out of rice at around noon on a Sunday is a serious problem in Cuba, particularly when it’s a scorching hot day, the only place they sell the product has no awning to shield you from the sun and people cut in line and throng in the small locale so not to burn up.

Submissiveness in Cuba

March 25, 2015 | 2 comments

Submissiveness is something that I’ve been aware of in Cuba ever since elementary school, my first social milieu. Nevertheless, I still can’t understand how those affected by a situation could decide to do absolutely nothing to try and change it.

The Two Faces of Entertainment

February 24, 2015 | No Comments »

In previous articles, I wrote about Dota, a very popular game among the young (even in Cuba, despite our well-known technological limitations). It has caused such a stir that there have been debates as to whether to consider it a sport.

Ditching the Hot Potato: On Animal Cruelty in Cuba

February 3, 2015 | 6 comments

A few weeks ago, my parents picked up a 15-day-old puppy from the street. They found him on the sidewalk, outside a house where dogs where barking ferociously in response to its desperate whimpers. It couldn’t see anything, as its eyes were glued shut by a cold, or walk.

The Differences Among Schools

October 21, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Several weeks after having gone back to my English course and begun new routines, like attending a School for Workers and Farmers (Facultad Obrero Campesina, or FOC) – the only option available to me right now, if I want to complete the 12th grade.

Catching the P-11 Bus: My Daily Nightmare

May 23, 2014 | 5 comments

In order to travel from Alamar to Vedado and attend my English class, I am forced to go through a diabolical daily routine I have already given a name to: “the battle over the P-11 bus.” You have to see it to believe it.

Saddened by Uniforms

May 16, 2014 | 4 comments

Largely by personal experiences and also understanding on how the small world of Cuba works, seeing teenagers in uniforms gives me a mixture of shock and sadness. Let me tell you why…

A Popular Chilean Circulates in Cuba from PC to PC

April 30, 2014 | No Comments »

For some weeks now, we’ve been watching an Internet video series called Hola, Soy German (“Hi, My Name is German”) rather religiously at home. The star is a young Chilean who uploads videos to the Internet every week.