A year ago, I ate at La Buena Vida (“The Good Life”), a restaurant located in Havana’s neighborhood of Playa. I had been invited by a foreign friend, as in practically every occasion, since the 1990s, that I’ve eaten at a classy restaurant.
A number of articles on the complex issue of abortion in Cuba (where it is legal) were recently published in HT. I wanted to hear the opinion of a representative of the Catholic church – an institution that has traditionally opposed abortion and has been gradually reclaiming its influence in Cuba’s public sphere.
I don’t know whether the transition many are waiting for in Cuba is coming or whether it’s already going on right under our noses, without us noticing. What’s clear to me is that people’s socialist mentality, if it ever actually existed, is disappearing.
The “Concerto for violoncello and string orchestra” by Nimrod Borenstein was performed in Cuba by the Cuban-Russian cellist Makcim Fernández Samodaiev, who described the piece as “apparently simple, but then you discover traps, complexities; this shows a lot of elegance by the composer”.
Empedrado St. in Old Havana is now home to a private business that attests to the inventiveness of Cubans. D’Brujas (“Witchcraft”) is a shop that sells handmade soaps, produced with natural materials and without chemicals. The owner, Sandra Aldama Suarez, one of the makers of the soap, has a degree in special education. (13 photos)
My ninth-grade physics teacher is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had, and I am not comparing him to mediocre instructors or those who haven’t had a serious education. I belong to a generation of Cubans who had the fortune of having good teachers, teachers who were not only well-versed in the course contents they taught and the teaching methods they used to do so, but who were also extremely passionate about their work.
While still a supporter of the Revolution, William Potts is not happy with the changes taking place in today’s Cuba. “There is a rush towards capitalism. It seems the government has no socialist solution to the problems in their heads. After two generations of sacrifices, of doing more for less, and their great solution now is taxes?”
US citizen William Potts, 56, named Abdul Majeed as a Muslim, has spent half his life in Cuba. In 1984, he hijacked a plane and came here seeking military training. Contrary to what he expected, he was sent to prison for fifteen years. However, he has remained a supporter of the Revolution.
I’m afraid to go to Old Havana. Not because the police might ask for my I.D., or the Cubans might take me for a tourist, but because of the disabled, the lame and the mutilated who have begun to form part of the landscape all along Obispo street.
Two months ago, I interviewed Heidi Ponce de Leon for my article “The Good Life in Cuba.” During our conversation, she told me that one of the activities of her studio (Estudio Cleo) was organizing was a workshop for kids, scheduled for the month of July. I ended up going with my 10-year-old niece on July 20th. (9 photos)