Regina Cano’s Diary


The Age of Plastic in Cuba

July 4, 2014 | 2 comments

Though not invented in Cuba, plastic is one of those products that are indispensable in the lives of Cubans (as I imagine it is in many other poor countries around the world). Plastic has indeed become a handy tool here to overcome many shortages. Its use is highly varied.




Nighttime Entertainment in Cuba’s Capital

June 21, 2014 | No Comments »

A Cuban friend who lives abroad and came to the island on vacation, eager to go out and enjoy Havana’s night scene, made me discover new places (discos, clubs, bars and cabarets) where people – particularly the young – enjoy themselves.




A Brief History of Havana’s “Gay” Parties

June 11, 2014 | 4 comments

A friend was telling me that more gay* parties being held in Havana today than before. Are people more tolerant now? Is there more money to be made organizing these parties? Or are people who attend these parties making more money and able to go more often?




Residents of Alamar, Havana: Guilty or Innocent?

June 3, 2014 | 4 comments

“What are they building over there?” he asked, referring to a leveled, arid terrain he made out through the window of the bus we were on. “That’s going to be a District Attorney’s Office or a court” his travel companion replied, “Instead of building a disco or the hospital Alamar needs so much.”




An Experience at a Cuban Hospital

May 21, 2014 | 7 comments

Three people had their hands on my body, ready to hold me down in place and prevent any movement (even though I hadn’t shown the slightest intention of moving). I assure you this rather oppressive picture was not a product of my imagination.




The Daily Life of the Elderly in Cuba (Part II)

April 21, 2014 | 3 comments

“I’ve given more to the State than the State is giving me at the moment. I’ve worked all of my life. I’m now 83,” another interviewee says. The documentary draws our attention to a social reality we co-exist with but do not know in depth.




Getting By: The Daily Life of the Elderly in Cuba (Part I)

April 15, 2014 | 4 comments

Many a time, when I get up in the morning, I don’t need to look at the clock, for, at exactly 7 am every day, a man who sells bread and invariably walks past my house blows a whistle and yells out: “Bread, come get your bread!”




Are Reading Habits in Havana Really on the Rise?

March 28, 2014 | 7 comments

Every year, I ask myself whether there is any truth to the claim that the huge crowds the annual Havana book fair draws are owed to the “keen interest in reading and the eagerness to buy books that characterizes the population.”




Havana’s Sixth “Love-In” Fest Report

November 29, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Havana’s historic Morro Cabaña fortress was the stage of the Sixth Love-In for Peace and the Environment Festival, dedicated to women this year. It took place on November 15-16. The concerts went into the early morning hours. (23 photos)




Cuba’s Self-Employed and their Investments

November 15, 2013 | 1 Comment »

A privately owned 3D theatre, housed by a locale in the commercial center located in Alamar’s Zone 6, stands out among the establishments where the largest investments have been made in the neighborhood. Not long before, the place had been a store that sold imported used clothing, a “rag-store”, as they are popularly known in Cuba.