Ariel Glaria’s Diary

Sex and Songs

October 31, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Like everyone else, among most of the things I have heard about and have learned something about are those that are sex-related. Some go back to the days of my childhood, as is common.

A Common Story in a Multi-Family Havana Building

May 25, 2017 | No Comments »

Juan Mariscal, who the children in the neighborhood nick-named “the Bear” for having a hairy back, was a hardline Communist and a well-off spy who always criticized our education and our families’ ideological commitment…

Friendship and Trust in an Old Song

May 18, 2017 | No Comments »

When we said goodbye, she left a crayon mark on the side of my face. An hour or so before all I did was go up to the bar, where she was already standing in front of me. Surprised, I explained that I was only running away from the rain.

News from the Neolithic Era

May 5, 2017 | No Comments »

Life in a tenement or in a building in Havana is similar to that of a more developed small village in the Neolithic Era, where nothing happens during the day, as everyone is out hunting or gathering what they eat later that evening.

Cuba in 19th Century Letters

April 13, 2017 | 1 Comment »

With the need to embrace a larger world, on January 31, 1851, coming from New Orleans on board the steamship “The Philadelphia”, without any other company but her trunks full of books, drawing charcoal and cardboard, Fredrika Bremer arrived in the port of Havana. (44 photos)

Maya or the Name of a Flower…

April 3, 2017 | No Comments »

The girl stepped out of the darkness. “Hi. Do you want some company?” The foreigner looked her up and down. She wasn’t very tall. She had a beautiful smile and was very young. She seemed to be well-suited for his intentions.

Bob Dylan in Havana

March 28, 2017 | 5 comments

On the afternoon of Friday March 24th a wide collection of photos of the US icon of rebel music, Bob Dylan, was inaugurated at the Fototeca de Cuba. (15 photos)

Like a Whisper…

March 17, 2017 | No Comments »

The photo on the tombstone of the family grave had been wiped out a while ago by the natural elements outdoors. Those who saw her didn’t hold back in telling others about how incredibly alive Ariadna’s gaze and smile seemed to be.

Robin Hood, the Count of Monte Cristo and the New Man

December 23, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Out of all my childhood heroes, Robin Hood and the Count of Monte Cristo were the ones who best fulfilled their role. However, their adventures and misfortunes would contrast over time with the socialist ideal of the “New Man” …

The Russians in Me

November 8, 2016 | No Comments »

Russian culture, which I consider one of the most original, great and generous cultures in humanity and which I had the great pleasure to discover at a very young age in Gogol, Dostoyevsky, Ivan Turguienev, Tolstoy, Chekhov and others who have charmingly brought me closer to the Russian spirit or soul…