Rosa Martinez’s Diary

Waiting as Hurricane Matthew Zooms in on Cuba

October 4, 2016 | 3 comments

Exactly four years ago we experienced something similar to what now approaches us, although the chief meteorologist Dr. Rubiera has stated loudly and clearly that Guantánamo never faced anything like this.

How We Prepare in Guantanamo for Hurricane Matthew

October 2, 2016 | 4 comments

We people in Guantanamo had hoped that the phenomenon would have taken a route further to the West (of course, we would prefer that it didn’t have to pass through any province), however, forecasts now indicate yet again that it’s coming straight for us.

The Cost of Hiding Part of the Truth from Your Kids

July 18, 2016 | 4 comments

We parents encounter a lot of difficult tasks while our children are growing up, but educating them is the most difficult of them all.

One Step Forward and Two Steps Back

July 11, 2016 | 25 comments

About a month ago, an online newsletter I receive daily in my inbox, brought me the alarming first news that blackouts were returning to Cuba again. “That’s a lie girl, it’s just another campaign to discredit the Revolution,” a relative told me.

The Power of the People, This is Real Power

June 14, 2016 | 1 Comment »

I’ve always heard a phrase which, in socialist Cuba, held a lot of weight: “The power of the people, this is real power.” I don’t know very well, nor am I very interested in, who the author of this idea is, but what I do know is that it was constantly used in every aspect of our daily life.

Fernando, in “New Yol”

June 8, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Ever since I was a little girl, one of my recurring dreams involved traveling, it still does. I went to Egypt and saw the extraordinary pyramids as well as the Nile’s magic waters. I also went to France’s most important and the world’s most visited museum, the Louvre…

The Cuban TV News

May 27, 2016 | 26 comments

Since I was a little girl, I’ve been forced to watch the official National News on Cuban TV. “You have to be informed,” my father used to say; “we should know what is going on in the world so nobody can fool us,” my mother used to add.

A Child’s Questions in Cuba

May 20, 2016 | 1 Comment »

My dad would always tell me that, when I was small, I would constantly put him a hard spot with difficult questions at inopportune times, and that, many a time, he didn’t know how to handle these.

Food in Cuba

May 16, 2016 | 128 comments

The average worker has to work miracles; either by stealing from their workplace or having an extra income so that their loved ones won’t go hungry. There’s hardly any variety of products, even though we live in a tropical country.

The Cuba We Want

April 1, 2016 | 13 comments

Without a doubt, the Cuba we have today is not the one most Cubans dream of. This is true of Cubans living here and even more so of those living abroad. Monthly salaries aren’t even enough to cover the most basic human needs.