Paula Henriquez’s Diary


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.




Is Cuba Suffering Paralysis?

July 29, 2016 | 1 Comment »

We Cubans have to face a countless number of difficulties everyday. Some better others worse, however, we’ve always known how to… deal with them, so to speak.




Cuba’s Man-made Water Crisis Persists

July 24, 2016 | 15 comments

A friend of mine lives in Central Havana where the conditions are more unsanitary than they are in any other neighborhood on the outskirts. Most of the homes suffer a serious irregularity in the drinking water supply.




Retirement on a Shoestring

July 18, 2016 | 25 comments

The pension retirees receive here in Cuba is ridiculous. Who can live on 400 pesos (20 usd) a month? And whoever has this much can give themselves a pat on the back, as my grandmother would say, because some people don’t even get 200 pesos.




Morning disappointment…

July 12, 2016 | No Comments »

I know this may sound like a familiar subject, but just because it is doesn’t mean I’m not going to write about it or speak up against it. What’s going on with shift managers in offices and workplaces? Aren’t they Cuban too?