Regina Cano’s Diary


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.




Havana’s Collapsed Buildings and Urban Migration

November 11, 2013 | 2 comments

Hurricane season is almost over in Cuba, but the mere mention of a hurricane is enough to inspire fear among many residents of Havana, who have experienced the continuous, day-long or afternoon rains and the strong sunlight that afterwards dries everything quickly.




Summer Activities in Havana’s East-Laying Neighborhoods (Part II)

September 3, 2013 | No Comments »

On August 25, the residents of Havana’s Antonio Guiteras neighborhood of the capital were delighted by a performance staged at the La Cascada recreational society by the Yoruba Andabo Afro-Cuban folkloric music ensemble that is well-known both in Cuba and abroad.




Summer Activities in Havana’s East-Laying Neighborhoods (I)

August 28, 2013 | No Comments »

The residents of Havana’s Antonio Guiteras district (more popularly known as “Bahia”), a neighborhood located a few kilometers from the Havana Bay tunnel, were pleasantly surprised to see a performance by Los Papines, staged at a lot located to the side of their local polyclinic.




Sculptures in the Sand of Havana

August 5, 2013 | No Comments »

The tenth edition of Sculptures in the Sand took place on July 27th, in an effort to recover the Fiestas by the Sea that took place in the early years of the revolution during the last week of July.




Contemporary Cuban Art Exhibition in Alamar, Havana

July 9, 2013 | 3 comments

New, neo-expressionist works by contemporary Cuban artists Rigoberto Rodriguez (popularly known as “Rigo”) and Ernesto Cordova, affording us two distinct takes on everyday reality, will be on display at a month-long exhibition entitled “Retaining”, currently mounted at the Fayad Jamis Arts Gallery in Alamar, Havana. (8 photos)




Outdoor Reggae Concert in Havana

July 2, 2013 | No Comments »

This past Saturday, Estudiantes Sin Semilla (“Seedless Students”), a reggae band from Havana, threw a concert at the Parque Almendares amphitheater. Though I’d gotten the flyers announcing the concert only the night before, I was, luckily, able to attend.