Luis Rondon’s Diary

A Five Year Battle with a Happy Ending

April 18, 2017 | No Comments »

Finally, after nearly 5 years of fighting against Cuban bureaucracy, dealing with institutional opportunism and corruption, I managed to get the state-owned company Aguas de la Habana to install an independent pipe to supply my home with water.

Fires in Cuba: Accidental or Deliberate?

April 7, 2017 | 2 comments

Cuban TV has been warning the general population about the crisis the country is suffering with drought over the last few months. As it doesn’t rain very much, it’s only logical that food production and livestock are affected and forests become more vulnerable to experience fires. (22 photos)

Health with God, but without Condoms?

January 3, 2017 | 1 Comment »

As a health promoter and social activist, I approached the scene to document the event in question and to get a deeper insight into what was going on at the same time. It was very strange for me to see a health fair which didn’t include sex education… (11 photos)

Modern Advertising in Havana, Cuba

December 31, 2016 | No Comments »

Only a few hours are left until the New Year and in several points of the busy 23rd avenue in the capital, its inhabitants are taken aback by the light of the smart slates that promote products of the state and private market.

The King is Dead – The Day After

November 28, 2016 | 6 comments

“The king has died without a crown,” Alejando commented, highlighting how Fidel was able to govern in all of Latin America from Cuba, as well as lead a war in Angola from Havana. “A man like him will never be forgotten,” he concluded regretfully.

My Trip to Maisi that Never Happened

November 22, 2016 | No Comments »

The main reason for this national mobilization was to provide support to the local population in different ways because of the great blow the province of Guantanamo suffered from hurricane Matthew, especially Baracoa and Maisi.

A Letter From a Cuban Who Left

October 6, 2016 | 18 comments

The decision to leave Cuba has been an extremely recurrent issue here for over the last 30 years. Last July, when I traveled to Europe, I had the opportunity to meet somebody who chose this path firsthand.

The Role of the Police at Havana’s Wi-Fi Hot Spots

September 5, 2016 | 4 comments

“It’s not the country that’s crazy, it’s the system,” replied the Internet guy. “I studied at the CUJAE university, and you know what every young person who studies there wants to do after they graduate?”

Does Cuba have a Socialist Future?

August 31, 2016 | 1 Comment »

The short time I was in the Czech Republic gave me the opportunity to get to know another reality that has derived from the same history of Communism. Cuba is going down the same route with some big differences…

Passing through Moscow and Getting to Know Prague

July 12, 2016 | 8 comments

We were greeted by one of the staff of the NGO that sponsored the scholarship in Prague. This person worked out our lodging, gave us a card to use in public transport, and a SIM card.