Paula Henriquez’s Diary

Cuba Moves One Step Forward and Others Back

October 5, 2017 | 2 comments

I’ve been reading and re-reading everything that is happening with the US and Cuba again. It seems like these are poorly-told stories and bad jokes. What are we doing? And I say “we” because at the end of the day, we don’t know who’s doing what.

What Irma Left Behind for Us

September 27, 2017 | 2 comments

I hadn’t walked along the Malecon since the day before hurricane Irma swept through the city. None of the heartbreaking and depressing images that my husband and I saw today could have passed through our minds at that time.

What Are Telephones For?

February 28, 2017 | 5 comments

Have you ever tried to track down some kind of product, house appliance, disposable diapers, medicine, etc. using the phone in Cuba? Have you ever had to call a pharmacy to track down some kind of medicine?

Things Don’t Just Fall Down from the Sky

January 18, 2017 | No Comments »

New year, new life is a popular saying which is normally used when a year comes to its end. And for many people it is, it’s a new year and a new start and, at the very least, it gives them a little more hope than last year did.

Havana’s Ruins

November 1, 2016 | No Comments »

The Anton Makarenko daycare center was one of the first to be created by the Revolution so that working mothers could go to work. Located in a neighborhood in the Marianao municipality, this center, in need of repair, still received children of all ages and operated as a daycare center up until several years ago.

Cuban Workers Get the Short End of the Stick

October 5, 2016 | No Comments »

On the average, Cubans are paid just a little bit more than what a pair of shoes cost (around 20 CUC) per month. Some people earn a little bit more because they get their lunch paid for, that is to say 0.60 cents per day for every working day.

A Dirty City

September 29, 2016 | 10 comments

Walking through there is almost impossible, not because something is blocking the way physically, but because breathing is an unbearable task. The riverbed is becoming narrower, not because of the plants that normally grow in its waters exactly, but because of the piles of garbage.

Havana When I Was a Little Girl

September 19, 2016 | 2 comments

Walking through Havana is becoming a less gratifying experience every time I go. I remember when I was a little girl and a teenager how I used to love wondering through its neighborhoods.

School has started in Cuba and…

September 13, 2016 | 1 Comment »

The speech is always the same, just the voices and names of those giving them change. That the new academic year will start and schools will be ready, that teachers will be waiting with a smile for children in their classrooms.

A Birthday Not to Remember

August 19, 2016 | 2 comments

In Cuba, the service of having your birthday cake made when the special date arrives, which I remember from when I was a little girl, continues to endure even today.