Jorge Milanes’s Diary

Cuba: The Anthropology of Popular Opinion

May 29, 2015 | 5 comments

No one in Cuba today is surprised to hear the various opinions that have traditionally surrounded the claim that “black people have bigger penises than white people,” so I assume no one will be too shocked by my comments on the subject below.

Sex or Robbery?

May 20, 2015 | No Comments »

Yesterday, I saw him at the emergency ward with bandages on his back. When I asked what had happened to him, he told me two men had assaulted him with a knife and stabbed him twice. “I couldn’t see the people who attacked me,” he told me.

Scuba-Diving in Cuba: A Therapeutic Experience

May 11, 2015 | No Comments »

Scuba-diving “was” a forbidden sport for nearly all Cubans. The impressions associated with it are therefore unknown by a great majority. Nonetheless, I had the opportunity to enjoy a number of these activities, along with other workmates.

Everyone’s a Builder in Cuba

April 22, 2015 | 7 comments

Just about anyone will tell you here that they’re an experienced builder. You only need to have some construction materials lying around the house for someone to show up and offer you their services. “If you need a builder, just call me,” a new neighbor tells me.

Working Cuba’s Highways

April 13, 2015 | No Comments »

“I give hand jobs, blow jobs and the full package, whatever I need to do, though I don’t like it. I have to feed my three kids and I would rather stand by the side of the road, and make more, than work for the State for a salary that’s doesn’t even cover my bus fare.”

The “Pleasure” of Smoking

April 10, 2015 | 2 comments

There are people who feel ecstatic when they smoke, forgetting they deal others a record-breaking blow when they exhale the tobacco smoke in their faces. It’s like a slap in the face that causes no apparent pain.

Neighborhood “CDR” Meetings in Cuba

March 31, 2015 | 6 comments

“We’ll be holding a meeting to nominate our candidates next Wednesday, at the market corner,” the chair of the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR) tells me as she opens the gate of her house. “Can I count on you to go?” she asks

Why I Write for Havana Times

March 19, 2015 | 4 comments

It gives me great pleasure to write for Havana Times because I am free to write about what I wish. I’ve been sharing opinions, describing situations and commenting on socio-cultural phenomena for several years now, always from my own point of view.

A Kid in France that Could Be Confused…

January 27, 2015 | No Comments »

My whole family is worried about the recent terrorist attacks in France. Twenty years ago, my sister married a man of Gallic origin and lives in France with my three nephews (the twin sisters Yeica and Yennife and the younger of the three, Julian), with whom she came to visit us in 2014.

Cuba: A Change in Mentality

January 21, 2015 | 2 comments

“We have to wait and see how things develop,” some people are saying down here. This is very true, because the mental and economic infrastructures developed in the course of more than fifty years cannot be changed overnight.