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After the Mourning Period for Fidel

December 10, 2016 | No Comments »

Cuba is experiencing an awakening. During the mourning period for the passing of Fidel Castro (sincerely or pretending to do so), people began to question matters and there were unspoken or explicit displays of relief.




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We Become What We See

December 10, 2016 | No Comments »

The title of this post refers to the name of a game: “We become what we behold.” I found out about it on a video I watched on the channel “Juega German”, the young Chilean who has won popularity awards for his videos on Youtube.




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Cuba Opens Up Its Ports to Polluting Cruise Ships

December 9, 2016 | 1 Comment »

The cruise company Carnival Corporation, which began traveling to Cuba last May, has just been found guilty of pouring waste with oil into the ocean and of deliberately covering this up for 8 years.




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Cuba Suffers a Loss of Values

December 6, 2016 | 1 Comment »

The result of multiple causes, many values have been lost in our society which infringe upon our unity and progress, especially when money is involved. There are many anecdotes that exemplify this within families, friends or even work colleagues.




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The Return: Living and Working in Cuba

December 5, 2016 | 4 comments

My heroes are simple, entrepreneurial, brave people with guts, who take risks. My heroes are afraid, they suffer, they fall, they get back up, they are optimistic, and fear doesn’t paralyze them. My heroes don’t want acknowledgement, they don’t need it…




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Luncheon Meat Is Here!

December 5, 2016 | 1 Comment »

It was still morning when one of my neighbors came announcing that luncheon meat had arrived at the butchers. It’s custom here that somebody always notifies the rest of us about what has arrived at the bodega stores (where they sell rationed items).




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Needs and the Guilt of Consumerism

November 30, 2016 | 2 comments

A psychological state has been created in poor people in Cuba so that they can do without so many things and hate consumerism like they would an infernal machine.




The Havana Bay Tunnel.  Photo: Caridad
48 Minutes at the Entrance to the Havana Bay Tunnel

November 30, 2016 | 3 comments

Some ago, I was returning from Havana on a city bus. When we had already the passed the Spanish embassy, the bus began to slow down to a stop. There was a queue of cars in front of us and another queue began to form behind us.




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The King is Dead – The Day After

November 28, 2016 | 6 comments

“The king has died without a crown,” Alejando commented, highlighting how Fidel was able to govern in all of Latin America from Cuba, as well as lead a war in Angola from Havana. “A man like him will never be forgotten,” he concluded regretfully.




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The Cuba that Never Changes?

November 25, 2016 | 23 comments

Having decided to return to Cuba, Cuban emigres (as well as emigrants from any other country, of course), find that they have to resolve a series of fundamental matters so they can adapt to their new place of residence.