Osmel Almaguer’s Diary

Cuba’s Sleeping Workers

May 30, 2015 | 18 comments

Of all the kinds of beggars I’ve seen in Havana, the “sleeping beggar” is doubtless the most peculiar. I saw the man on Reina street in Centro Habana, lying across the entrance to a building, with a sign that read: “I have a heart murmur. Please help me with anything you have.

My Father’s Home Repair Subsidy

May 7, 2015 | 2 comments

In December of last year, my father applied for a construction subsidy from the Head Municipal Housing Office in Habana del Este. Zuleidys, the secretary who saw him, told him not to have over realistic expectations, that they had granted very few such subsidies recently.

The Bridge Near Havana’s Naval Hospital is Still Broken

April 27, 2015 | 1 Comment »

An elevated bridge connects the area surrounding Havana’s renowned Luis Diaz Soto Hospital (better known as the “Naval Hospital”) with the neighborhood of Camilo Cienfuegos, part of the Monumental highway, which joins the center of the capital with its east-laying suburbs.

My Entry into Video Journalism in Cuba

April 16, 2015 | No Comments »

When a friend of mine, journalist Ignacio Gonzalez, approached me and invited me to host a press channel he planned on launching, the first thing I thought was that the job was not for me.

A Music Video by the Cuban Band”Qvu Libre”

March 13, 2015 | 1 Comment »

I don’t want to say these music videos are evasive. On the contrary, they seem to be a reaction to so much theatrics, so much vanity being divulged by the media. We present one from the band “Qva Libre”.

Tenement Buildings in Cuba’s No Man’s Land

November 12, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Some two hundred meters from my house, in Alamar’s Zone 11, there are a group of buildings that, even though recently constructed, are in urgent need of repairs. For bureaucratic reasons, however, the appeals of its tenants have met only with negative replies.

A Good Alternative for Cuban Mail

November 5, 2014 | No Comments »

Recently, one of my Facebook friends was complaining on-line about the inconveniences that a US postal service had caused him. The addressee was a person this agency had already made deliveries to and claimed not to be able to find them this last time around.

My Return to Holguin, Cuba

October 22, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Four years ago, I published a diary entry titled Holguin: My Father’s Land. In it, I reminisced on my last trip to the east-laying province, in the 80s. I recall having broadly described my impressions from then and how it pained me that I hadn’t visited my family for a long time.

My Friend Lazaro: The Dreams of the Common Cuban

September 18, 2014 | 2 comments

At 35, Lazaro is a Cuban like many others, a good person without great ambition, that is, someone with a run-of-the-mill job and rather humble income. He has a girlfriend whom he very much wants to marry.

On Cuba’s Public Bathrooms

August 19, 2014 | 3 comments

The waiting room of the emergency ward at Havana’s Luis Dias Soto (or Naval) Hospital has only one bathroom for both genders. The women’s bathroom has been closed up for a while now – since February, at least – and everyone uses the men’s lavatory.