Havana Summer and the Coconut Island Amusement Park

August 30, 2014 | 3 comments

So as the summer break was coming to an end, I decided to take my son to the Isla de Coco (“Coconut Island”) amusement park. The park was built where the renowned “Coney Island” was once located, in Havana’s neighborhood of Playa.

From Cuba to Miami in Business Class

August 29, 2014 | 24 comments

Felix took five days making a journey that, on a plane, takes no more than 40 minutes. He left Havana one Sunday afternoon and arrived in Miami Thursday night. He was exhausted, unbathed, unshaven, famished and weighed several pounds less, but when he hugged his relatives at the end of the trip he was very happy. After all, he had been lucky.

Antonio Pacheco: Cuba’s Former “Captain of Captains”

August 28, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Cuban sports authorities have just degraded yet another of their baseball greats: former player, coach and manager Antonio Pacheco, known as the “Captain of Captains” till recently.

A Tour of Cuba’s National Zoo

August 25, 2014 | 3 comments

Last week, my son Rogelito, my wife Yasmin, her mother Silvia and I went to Cuba’s National Zoo. I will use some of the many pictures we took to accompany my impressions during our outing. (8 photos)

Cubans Still Waiting to See their Own

August 22, 2014 | 3 comments

“What I don’t understand is that they should work so hard to look for the games to broadcast that are ultimately the least attractive for us, the ones with no Cuban players,” says a baseball fan at Havana’s Parque Central sports talk corner.

The End of the Cuban Rafters

August 14, 2014 | 5 comments

Twenty years ago, a massive exodus of Cuban rafters – some 35 thousand left the country – marked the beginning of the end for this type of illegal emigration. Washington and Havana reached an agreement whereby all Cubans captured at sea would be returned to the island.

Fidel Castro Turns 88, Repairs Underway at His Birthplace

August 13, 2014 | 9 comments

Today, August 13th, Fidel Castro reaches 88, an event celebrated in all of Cuba’s official media. Castro, who officially left office due to serious illness in July 2006, is still the top advisor to the government of his younger brother Raul, 83.

A Woman Hallucinates Another Reality (Video)

August 9, 2014 | No Comments »

“Samsara”: A woman hallucinates another reality, where she is free. A short fiction film directed by Maria Elisa Perez Leal. “It’s about a personal story with my mother.” (2010) 5:35 minutes.

Cuba-infused Women’s Jazz at Canadian Festival

August 7, 2014 | 2 comments

I recently had a delightful taste of Cuban music right in my own Canadian back yard. This wonderful concert starred Jane Bunnett and her all-woman band, Maqueque, who were brought to our local Algonquin Theatre stage by the Huntsville Festival of the Arts, during their annual August jazz weekend. (11 photos)

Dramatic Film about Cuban Exile Premiers at Venice Film Festival

August 4, 2014 | 1 Comment »

The world premiere of Return to Ithaca, a film by French director Laurent Cantet inspired by a story written by Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura, will take place at the 71st Venice International Film Festival, to be held from August 27 to September 6 this year.