Rosa Martinez’s Diary

Irma and I

September 15, 2017 | No Comments »

A friend who knows me well, who knows that I collaborate with Havana Times and knows that I am more inspired by personal experiences than any interesting news item, says: “Rosa, write something about Irma’s passage through Guantanamo.

Of Course it’s Possible to be a Millionaire in Cuba

July 12, 2017 | 5 comments

Being a millionaire is the dream of many, I can’t say that it hasn’t been my own too. Some children fantasize about having a lot of money to take water and food to starving children in exploited Africa; others thought about helping those most in need on the planet…

Heat wave takes over Guantanamo

July 5, 2017 | 10 comments

It was just about 7 AM when I walked to the bus stop and the sun was already burning bodies; many people, especially women, were protecting themselves from the sun with parasols and sunglasses, but their light clothing seemed to do nothing.

Nothing to Take to a Sick Friend

June 27, 2017 | 3 comments

I don’t know whether this has ever happened to you too, but I haven’t gone to see a loved one in the first few days of their sickness because my financial situation hasn’t allowed me to buy a juice, malanga or something else we normally take to the afflicted on the island.

Cuba Says NO to Force

June 23, 2017 | No Comments »

When I read the headlines on several media here, the first thing I thought was: of course, they don’t give a damn if we continue to fight with the yumas (USA) since at the end of the day, they (the highest in command, those who decide the country’s future) have everything they need, their families too.

Mother’s Day vs. Father’s Day

June 15, 2017 | No Comments »

It will be Father’s Day on Sunday here in Cuba, but, of course, it doesn’t have as much impact or coverage by the media as Mother’s Day. Here’s a few comments on the subject.

Cuban Immigration to the North at a Near Standstill

June 5, 2017 | 9 comments

It’s pretty incredible but it’s true, there are hardly any more rafts heading towards the United States; I imagine that few would risk leaving for South or Central America to then head on to that country that used to take in every Cuban that reached its territory, whether by sea or land.

A Tough 5-Years Since Hurricane Sandy Hit Eastern Cuba

May 31, 2017 | 9 comments

Ever since Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, which almost destroyed Santiago de Cuba and caused severe damage in the other eastern provinces, and left my house trembling as it nearly tore off the roof all of a sudden, we haven’t been able to take a break.

Medicine, the Most Sought-after University Degree

May 28, 2017 | 11 comments

Entrance exams for university took place about 15 days ago here in Cuba. Thousands of young people from every province are waiting to find out what course they will get, their future depends on it, the future of this country too.

Violence Doesn’t Kill Violence

May 13, 2017 | No Comments »

In Cuba, May 1st is a national holiday, and one of the celebrations that belong to ordinary Cuban people, who stay in the street after the parade to celebrate International Workers’ Day with music and beer.