Rosa Martinez’s Diary

Getting to Work on Time in Cuba

March 7, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Getting to work or school on time is one of the most difficult challenges we ordinary Cubans face, due to the serious complications that exist in public transport across the country. Nevertheless, we go to great lengths and make a lot of effort to do so.

Internet via Pay-For Wi-fi is also in Guantanamo

February 8, 2017 | No Comments »

If you ask any Cuban about the most interesting novelties of the last two years on a national scope, they will surely mention the Wi-Fi service, which has been very useful for a mostly disconnected population.

A Very Pleasant Surprise

February 4, 2017 | 1 Comment »

It’s around 5 AM, the neighbor’s skinny cockerels begin their singing at about 3 AM; at that time though, I never hear them, luckily, but at 5 AM they do disturb my ears.

Meet Paco Canon

January 21, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Paco Canon is one of the eccentric characters we have here in my neighborhood and I want to share some lines and histories with friends at Havana Times. According to our eldest neighbors, he was a primary school teacher…

What Will Happen to Our Young People?

January 18, 2017 | 8 comments

The year 2017 already looks like it’s going to be a much more difficult one for the Cuban people. The national economy had negative growth last year, in spite of the 4 million tourists – a record number – who visited the country.

Inspiration to Write

January 14, 2017 | 3 comments

For those of us who aren’t professional journalists, it takes us a little more time to prepare an article for our readers. Normally, we need a call from inspiration for the article we want to write to come or, at least, the closest thing possible to what we thought it would be.

Hoping for a Miracle in 2017

January 9, 2017 | 1 Comment »

When a new year begins, the most common thing to do is to look back on the good things that the old year brought, but mainly about what we did wrong and how we can change this in the present in order to improve our lives.

Stories from My Neighborhood in Guantanamo, Cuba

November 23, 2016 | 2 comments

I want to tell Havana Times readers about these people who give life to this place and tell you the anecdotes relating to them, so that you can get to know one of my city’s poorest neighborhoods, albeit the liveliest.

How Are We Going to Pay?

October 17, 2016 | 3 comments

Although the majority of the country is committed to helping put the four municipalities which were most affected by the hurricane back on their feet, over these last few days, there have been many surprising stories to tell.

Does the Calm Return After the Storm?

October 10, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Hurricane Matthew is finally long away from Cuba, but it destroyed the city of Baracoa beforehand, not only by destroying 90% of the municipality’s housing partially or completely, but also by leaving a deep mark on the hearts of those who live in Baracoa.