Diaries


The Drought and an Unexpected Reply

August 27, 2015 | 2 comments

The water was running across the sidewalk unchecked. Several people worriedly looked at the fatal spill, wondering, perhaps, where in our draught-stricken city it could be coming from. The sight was just one more worry we Cubans deal with every day.




The Trip to Che Guevara’s Campsite

August 26, 2015 | No Comments »

One day after captain Chaviano returned from Che Guevara’s campsite, that is to say, on Friday, December 13, 1958, we all went down the hill known as El Piquito, towards the town of San Blas, to depart for El Pedrero. There, we would place ourselves under the command of Che Guevara…




Back to the Roots, in the Shadows

August 26, 2015 | No Comments »

“She’s an exceptionally beautiful woman, but she doesn’t do it for me anymore. I think it best to turn my life around completely,” Oliver, one of the workmates I sometimes converse with, says to me rather worried…




Cervical-Uterine Cancer in Cuba and the World

August 25, 2015 | 4 comments

I’m shaken up. In less than a year, three friends of mine have been diagnosed with and treated for cervical cancer (CC) – three young women saved from a slow and horrible death. I dedicate this post to all those battling this condition. (9 graphs)




Cuba: Hello Wi-Fi

August 25, 2015 | 9 comments

I hope Wi-Fi services last in Cuba. It’s been a phenomenal idea to set up these networks, and it’s both curious and humorous to see people congregate to download information and videos and to chat with relatives and friends.




What Cuban Students Do on Summer Vacation

August 25, 2015 | 1 Comment »

These summer months remind me of the school break and the inevitable essay that came with the start of classes in September, on the subject of what you had done during your vacation.




Venezuela’s Crisis Is No Small Potatoes

August 24, 2015 | 14 comments

Here in Venezuela, like everything else you buy, potatoes are increasingly beyond hand’s (or pocket’s) reach. The last time I went to a market, a kilo was being sold for the equivalent of 90 USD at the official exchange rate. (21 photos)




New Cuban Talent Competition Packs Little Punch

August 24, 2015 | 1 Comment »

The singing competition shows The Voice, The Voice Kids and The X Factor have gained an unprecedented popularity among Cubans, who do not seem to miss an episode with the help of the weekly “package.”




Ecuador: The Truth That Sets Us Free

August 19, 2015 | 3 comments

Because of the professional and civil background of its bureaucracy, Correa’s leadership has been infinitely superior to other progressive movements – and to Cuba – in terms of its “administration of things.” In terms of “governing human beings,” however…




The Stars and Stripes on Havana’s Ocean Drive

August 18, 2015 | 11 comments

The Star-Spangled Banner was finally raised at Havana’s Malecon ocean drive, against the blue disk of the sea and beneath a tropical sun that beat down on the glass-enclosed building on Calzada and L streets. A few weeks earlier, the Cuban flag had been raised in Washington, D.C.