Cuba–US Relations: We Just Have to Wait and See

December 19, 2014 | 1 Comment »

The day in which Cuba and the United States decided to re-establish diplomatic relations has finally arrived but, beyond the lively enthusiasm this has awakened and despite all of the encouraging things that have been said, I harbor my doubts about all that remains to be done on this end.

Wheelchair Tennis in Cuba: Sacrifices and Rewards

December 19, 2014 | No Comments »

I recently started practicing a sport I knew nothing about before: wheelchair tennis. I was eager to try my hand at it the moment they talked to me about it, particularly because I like challenges. Even though I didn’t even knew it existed till recently, I am rather good at it.

A Big Surprise from Obama

December 19, 2014 | 10 comments

This week President Obama surprised us with the inevitable: he put in motion what is sure to be a long and arduous 180 degree turn of U.S. foreign policy toward Cuba. Here in Havana I came to the quick conclusion that Cuban media outlets were caught completely off guard.

Santa Claus Doesn’t Fly Cubana

December 19, 2014 | No Comments »

I imagine that the majority of those who read this post will do so from foreign shores. I suppose that in your countries Santa Claus, the reindeer, wreaths on doors and Christmas trees have been at work and put up for some time now.

Blessed Are the Thorns of Cuba’s Marabou

December 18, 2014 | 1 Comment »

The marabou (Dichrostachys glomerata) is a brush that was introduced into Cuba at the end of the 19th century. Many blame the Castros, socialism and even Marxism of turning Cuba into marabou country – but we need to look more closely at the history of the brush.

Post Authoritarianism in Cuba’s Tourism Sector

December 18, 2014 | No Comments »

I don’t believe the economic liberalization process now underway will bring about significant changes to this situation, at least not in the mid-term, particularly because the most basic forms of authoritarianism in the workplace remain intact…

Cuba’s Somber Commemmorative Dates

December 16, 2014 | 2 comments

Cuba’s official discourse cannot help but celebrate or solemnly commemorate certain events. There is even a television program about such events, where I’ve heard as absurd commemorative remarks as: “On a day like today, the Commander in Chief visited this or that place.”

My Take on Cuba’s “Weekly Package” (Part I)

December 16, 2014 | 3 comments

I buy Cuba’s weekly TV series, music and software package on a regular basis. In my opinion, some of its contents are valuable in more than one sense. That said, there are a series of factors behind this phenomenon that have truly piqued my curiosity.

The Most Beautiful Woman in my Neighborhood

December 13, 2014 | No Comments »

She flung open the gate and rushed out to the street wearing a beautiful black dress, picture hat and high heels. Was she going to a party? A heavy, afternoon downpour had drenched everything. I was waiting for the rain to stop at a bus stop.

Prohibition at G Street, Havana

December 12, 2014 | No Comments »

Havana’s renowned Parque G has been under a “local Prohibition” for some weeks now. After some time away, I went to G Street with some friends, only to find that the food and drinks stand located at the intersection of 23rd Street (usually teeming with people) was empty.