Rosa Martinez’s Diary

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 | 2 comments

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.

Holy Mondays

April 4, 2017 | 2 comments

A few months ago, and after a lot of looking around, I got a new job at the Medical Sciences University, in Guantanamo. This institution has given me a lot of anecdotes to share with HT friends, but I’m a little disheartened right now, so I’ll write them slowly over time.

Poor Neighborhood, “Rich” People

March 28, 2017 | 9 comments

I have already told you some stories about my neighborhood and its people, which give you an idea more or less of how we live here. Living in a ghetto, like everything in life, has its advantages and disadvantages.

Extreme Drought in Cuba, Many Are Unaware

March 25, 2017 | 6 comments

Cuba, reached World Water Day this year suffering one of the most intense droughts in the last 100 years, severely affecting over 80% of the population. Out of the country’s 168 municipalities, 141 are affected and 53 have been declared in extreme drought.

Just One of Those Days

March 17, 2017 | 2 comments

There are days when, for no apparent reason, you wake up on the wrong side of the bed and even another person’s smile can annoy you. You don’t understand why exactly, because of course there are lots of things which we don’t understand.