Irina Echarry’s Diary

Meat.  Illustration by Carlos
Don’t Go Looking for What’s Meant for You…

August 2, 2016 | 2 comments

It doesn’t matter if you are more or less attractive, shy or flirtatious, if you dress one way or another; the fact you’re a woman forces you to put up with…

If Reggaeton’s what you want, go ahead!

July 12, 2016 | 6 comments

Over the last couple of days, in sessions held by the National Assembly, our congressmen and congresswomen have “debated”, among other issues, the current state of our society and its immediate future.

In Cuba, to Smoke or Not to Smoke…

June 24, 2016 | 13 comments

The Cuban government continues to support smoking in many ways; tobacco companies try to increase their sales and people keep choosing to smoke as a lifestyle choice, and they’re taking up the habit when they’re younger and younger.

Women in the Cuban Countryside

May 31, 2016 | 9 comments

For an urban woman fed up of the city, its noise and pollution, living in the country can seem like a beautiful alternative. However, it took just a few days of visiting and living with some rural families to realize that rural life isn’t all a bunch of roses; much least for women.

Dulcita with a friend.
Is Feeding Stray Animals Wrong?

April 29, 2016 | 19 comments

In Cuba, animals are at a disadvantage. No law protects them and there aren’t many humans involved in the struggle to get one passed. There are many of us who think one is needed, but not enough.

Women, the Revolution and Violence: A Happy Threesome

March 30, 2016 | 2 comments

“If I can’t have you, no one can.” Regrettably, the phrase wasn’t pulled out of a cheap soap opera but from real life. Those were the last words heard by the young, 16-year-old girl who, last week, stepped out of Alamar’s new cultural center with her boyfriend.

Endless Partying in Alamar, Cuba

February 26, 2016 | 1 Comment »

In the beginning, Alamar was a quiet neighborhood with horrible, densely-clustered buildings and plenty of vegetation. Far from the city center, it lacked an efficient public transportation network. The problem was overcome with a terminal with a number of bus stops that shortened distances some.

Food, Crowds and Books at the Havana Book Fair

February 16, 2016 | No Comments »

The news says that the 25th Havana Book Fair brings us a wide range of publications this year and that more than four million volumes will be sold. One of the books the public is anxiously waiting to get their hands on is Orwell’s 1984, which has been published in Cuba for the first time. (13 photos)

A New Trip to Pons, Pinar del Rio

January 25, 2016 | 3 comments

The same thing happens every time I visit Pinar del Rio. It doesn’t matter whether I go back in two years’ or two days’ time, the beauty of the landscape always makes a deep impression on me, particularly in Pons, a town in the municipality of Minas de Matahambre that is as beautiful – perhaps more beautiful – than Viñales. (19 photos)

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Cuba’s CDR Committees: Bringing Back the Dead

December 29, 2015 | 18 comments

There were no excuses: it wasn’t raining, people had been notified in advance, the meeting would be held before the sacred soap opera came on and the “visitors” would arrive early. We had only to wait until the clock showed 8 pm to start.