Graham Sowa’s Diary


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Havana Rotary Club’s 100th Anniversary

January 8, 2016 | 10 comments

We are on the doorstep of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Havana Rotary Club, which had its first meeting on April 29, 1916. The Havana Rotary Club was actually the first Rotary Club to be founded outside an English speaking country.




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Cuba’s Personal Jesus

September 18, 2015 | 4 comments

Che Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos and Jesus Christ. Albeit temporarily, the Christian Savior is the third person to be immortalized on the side of a building (in this case the National Library) in the Plaza de la Revolutión.




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Sweet Home Havana: US Citizens Living in Cuba

June 7, 2015 | 16 comments

While hotels like Havana’s Melia Cohiba are full of Americans who think they are getting an early taste of international travel’s forbidden fruit hundreds of United States citizens have been calling Cuba home away from home for some time now.




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Cuba’s Public Health Policy: Past Present & Future

March 30, 2015 | 6 comments

“Public health in Cuba is not a priority…,” my public health class teacher had finally said something that brought me back from daydreaming “…it is an obsession”. After two years of clinical work in a Cuban hospital being back in a classroom learning public health theory is somewhere between mind numbing and infuriating.




Gilberto Suarez in a Facebook photo
Gilbertman and The New Pirates of the Caribbean

February 3, 2015 | 13 comments

Gilberto Suarez did something dozens of Cubans have done in the past few years. He went to the United States, dabbled in credit card fraud in various south Florida counties, was arrested, skipped bail, and ran back to Cuba with a treasure chest full of booty.




The Bay of Pigs Museum at Playa Giron.
Another American with a Drone Arrives in Cuba

February 1, 2015 | 43 comments

All of a sudden my cheap-o remote control “drone” and I were shuffled over to the customs declaration desk where I was promptly told it would be confiscated. So much for the aerial shots of Parque Lenin, the Botanical Gardens and the Malecon at night I was hoping to put on YouTube.




Havana by night. Photo Bill Klipp
How US Citizens Can Travel to Cuba Now!

January 20, 2015 | 4 comments

Here’s some good news for United States citizens wanting to travel legally to Cuba. Even though US based airlines still have not hashed out their plan of operations on the island don’t let that stop you from going as soon as you feel fit. There are many ways to do so.




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A Big Surprise from Obama

December 19, 2014 | 21 comments

This week President Obama surprised us with the inevitable: he put in motion what is sure to be a long and arduous 180 degree turn of U.S. foreign policy toward Cuba. Here in Havana I came to the quick conclusion that Cuban media outlets were caught completely off guard.




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Cycling the Bay of Pigs from Playa Larga to Playa Girón

November 3, 2014 | 2 comments

US citizens call it the Bay of Pigs, Cubans call it Playa Girón. Whatever you prefer, this crystal clear Caribbean bay surrounded by mosquito ridden wetland offers up the best of rural Cuban seaside life.




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Cuba Earning from Education

October 23, 2014 | 7 comments

When the history of how Cuba entered the globalized marketplace is written healthcare will be the principal protagonist. Entering the international medical education marketplace and the dynamic use of human resources in healthcare has become the most globalized feature of the Cuban economy.