Central Havana’s Slow Death

September 24, 2017 | 4 comments

People don’t always evacuate because they were afraid of losing the little they have. In a country where even spare parts are hard to come by, it’s difficult to persuade a human being that the little they have is so little that they can leave it behind.

Cuba Converts Schools into Shelters to Face Hurricane Irma

September 8, 2017 | 3 comments

Ernesto tidies up the corners of the sheets on the mattress that is laid out on the floor so that his wife and two children can lie down. They have all been evacuated from a town which is on the northern coast of Cuba in order to keep them safe from Hurricane Irma.

Cuba “Will Stand with Venezuela until the End”

July 5, 2017 | 6 comments

Culture Minister Abel Prieto Jimenez announced that Cuba will support the Venezuelan government “until the end” and praised the Venezuelan people for preventing their nation from becoming a land “where fascism rules”.

Another Miami-White House anti-Cuba Concoction

June 14, 2017 | 4 comments

On Friday June 16, president Donald Trump is expected in Miami where he will meet with right-wing Cuban American politicians and with vestiges of surviving exile hardliners to fulfill the coffee and pastry ritual at the Versailles restaurant before or after reversing some or all of president Barack Obama directives, which have relaxed the political atmosphere between the United States, Cuba and the region for the first time in half a century.

French Scents for Havana’s Paseo del Prado

January 1, 2017 | 9 comments

Satisfying the most demanding tastes of the French and European market, lover of exclusive fragrances, the French perfume house Guerlain has returned to the same place in Havana it once founded in 1917.

My Experiences Close to Fidel Castro

December 5, 2016 | 10 comments

When I was 15 years old and had just finished 10th grade, I enrolled in a teacher training program. One fine day, Fidel appeared at our school. At the time he was excited about the idea of a new educational concept which was based on combining studies with agricultural work.

Cuba’s Best Chances in the Rio Olympics

July 25, 2016 | No Comments »

It’s less than two weeks now until the 2016 Olympic Games (Aug. 5-21) begin in Rio de Janeiro, and Cuba has before it the challenge of being among the top 20 countries in the medal standings.

How Do You Define Prostitution in Cuba?

July 11, 2016 | 8 comments

Yes, sometimes prostitution is a neatly sliced, clearly defined transaction. Often, however, there‘s a certain murkiness about the business, particularly in places where sex is seen in a more casual light than it generally is in North America. I’m thinking of countries like Cuba and other hot spots, so to speak. They definitely don’t take sex as seriously there as we do in the colder lands to the north.

Shaq O’Neal, Joy on a Havana Basketball Court

June 27, 2016 | 1 Comment »

What struck me the most about Shaquille O’Neal wasn’t his giantesque stature but his fun and open personality that very few sports stars or artists who come to the City of the Moment recently, have.

Bureaucracy in Cuba as a Contagious Disease

June 2, 2016 | 5 comments

When in Cuba people talk about the bureaucracy we always think of powerful officials that make our life miserable creating increasingly complex procedures to justify their wages and privileges, office, auto, gasoline, etc, etc, etc.