Dr. Barcenas and his wife Aurora Cárdenas
A Kidney Specialist from Managua

May 25, 2016 | No Comments »

Camilo Barcenas was so clumsy in his school art classes that it could well be said he had two left hands. His two limbs were so imprecise and uncoordinated that if asked to draw a cone, he would end up with a cube; if they asked for a cube, he’d get a trapezoid.

A neighbo
What can you buy for a Cuban peso?

May 25, 2016 | 2 comments

So what can a peso by at the bodega or shop where the head of the family has their ration card registered, a system which has been in place since 1963 and continues to this day.

A Japanese Woman who Cooks for Cubans and Tourists

May 18, 2016 | 18 comments

Noriko Shingaki arrived in Cuba five years ago from Osaka where she was born: “I decided to offer my cooking to whoever wants to try it, I make family meals, the kind that can be eaten daily at any Japanese home.”

Cuba’s Authenticity Lies in Cubans

May 15, 2016 | 41 comments

For over a decade, I had been listening to fellow Greeks rave about their exotic vacation in Cuba. “People are so happy in spite of their poverty. They sing and dance everywhere, even in the streets” was what most had to say, showing off photos to prove it.

Yesterday I Went to Look for Flour

May 10, 2016 | 1 Comment »

I left my house early yesterday for the center of town to try and get some flour to make a panetela cake for my littlest son on his birthday. I couldn’t find it at the hard currency stores and then I went to a place called Dona Yuya…

La carretera central de Cuba.
Cuba Needs a Safe Nationwide Highway

May 8, 2016 | 8 comments

Cuba’s Central highway opened on February 24, 1931. It covers 1139 kilometers, from Pinar del Rio to Santiago de Cuba, and it’s narrow 6 meters of width are no match for the 21st century.

Cars to be used in Fast and Furious 8.
Fast & Furious 8, when Hollywood Meets Cuba

May 7, 2016 | 10 comments

The new relationship between the US and Cuba opened the door to Hollywood productions filming on the island and the hiring of local support staff. The current filming of “Fast and Furious 8” in the Cuban capital has been a major event, with advantages and disadvantages depending on each person’s perspective.

Photo:  István Ojeda Bello.
Beer Shortages in Cuba with More Tourism

April 27, 2016 | 11 comments

Beer drinkers in Cuba have been on edge since the press acknowledged the domestic industry’s inability to satisfy the growing demand for the product at State hard currency stores and private businesses, a situation now coupled with the tourism boom.

Guillermo Grenier
A Cuban-American Walks the Path of the Run-Away Slave

April 13, 2016 | 1 Comment »

On April 7, at the Cienfuegos headquarters of the Association of Cuban Writers and Artists, Guillermo Grenier looked fresh, going into and coming out of the venue, restless. There was nothing to indicate the man had walked nearly 300 kilometers in less than two weeks.

Monica Lopez Baltodano
Nicaragua Legislature Rejects Initiative to Revoke Canal Law

April 12, 2016 | 1 Comment »

The secretary’s office of the National Assembly has rejected the citizens’ initiative to repeal Law #840, which ratifies the Canal concession and the related land expropriations. It declared itself “legally incapable” of processing the request presented on April 7 by the rural movement known as the National Council for the Defense of our Land, Lake and National Sovereignty.