Rosa Martinez’s Diary

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 | 8 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 | 5 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.

The English Arrived

May 7, 2017 | 9 comments

A few months ago, two young English couples, who had decided to visit Guantanamo city on their way to Baracoa, the main tourist attraction in the province, wanted to first stop by my home in order to meet my family.

Between stories and photos…

May 2, 2017 | 1 Comment »

A few weeks ago, Gissel, my youngest daughter, brought a classmate home to spend the Saturday with our family. As it was the first time she had visited us, we decided to prepare a decent lunch, within our possibilities of course.

Saving Quality Education in Cuba

April 21, 2017 | 5 comments

The Cuban school year 2016-2017 reached its final stage. When students return from Victory Week vacations (mid-April) they will face the final months of this stage which includes final exams, extra-curricular work, entrance exams and others.

Finding a Wallet Full of Money

April 18, 2017 | 1 Comment »

When we saw the news at home a few days ago about the children from Pinar del Rio who returned a wallet they found with 300 US dollars inside, my daughters and I looked at each other knowingly and we burst out laughing.

My Hitchhiking Scare

April 10, 2017 | No Comments »

Among the most frightening moments I’ve ever lived, when I felt like I was on the brink of death, was when I was in 11th grade and had gone to spend my summer holidays with some relatives in Santiago de Cuba.