Diaries


Another American with a Drone Arrives in Cuba

February 1, 2015 | No Comments »

All of a sudden my cheap-o remote control “drone” and I were shuffled over to the customs declaration desk where I was promptly told it would be confiscated. So much for the aerial shots of Parque Lenin, the Botanical Gardens and the Malecon at night I was hoping to put on YouTube.




Caracas Does Not Believe in Pictures

January 30, 2015 | 3 comments

Caracas is not a pretty city. The only thing that keeps people from going completely mad is the Waraira Repano (or Mount Avila) that hugs almost the entire extent of the capital. A light rain is enough to flood the city’s streets and make them look like weeping virgins. (46 photos)




The Unmentioned Cause of Syria’s Civil War

January 28, 2015 | 7 comments

It will have been four years since civil war broke out in Syria this March. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look to be the last year of conflict. Much has been written about the causes of the war, but there’s one fact analysts tend to overlook…




Fidel Castro and the United States

January 28, 2015 | 5 comments

In recent weeks, social networks were once again filled up with comments about the life – or, better said, the death – of the world-famous leader of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro. We even talked about his possible death at home…




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: Love Will Achieve What War Couldn’t

January 27, 2015 | No Comments »

In a show of maturity, two leaders chose the good of the people. The people expressed their gratitude, repaying the gesture with wisdom and the will to work together for peace and mutual trust, for the benefit of the entire world.




Cuba’s Panfilo and Other Sitcoms

January 27, 2015 | 2 comments

“Aren’t you going to watch Panfilo?” This is what someone in my family always says to get us together to watch the sitcom Vivir del cuento, the only Cuban comedy show aired by Cubavision these days.




Mexican Musician Juventino Rosas and Cuba

January 27, 2015 | No Comments »

The people of Cuba and Mexico share a history of common struggle. We can turn to many historical and cultural facts that demonstrate this. The people of Mexico always took in and protected those Cuban revolutionaries who, at certain points in history…




Escape at Havana’s Adolfo Llaurado Theater

January 27, 2015 | No Comments »

Perhaps I am being overly critical and possibly unfair, but one gets tired of being understanding and seeing the same muck swept under the carpet over and over again.




Voodoo Traditions on Display at Havana’s Fayad Jamis Gallery

January 26, 2015 | No Comments »

Luna Nueva (“New Moon”), an exhibition by visual artist Camilo Fis, opened at the Fayad Jamis Gallery in Alamar on the 17th of the month, almost coinciding with the lunar phase referred to in the title. (39 photos)