Like an over-exposed photograph, social contrasts are perceived ever more strongly in Cuban life today, thanks to corruption, private businesses, remittances sent from abroad, or government privileges.
It came in a truck, immaculately new, brilliantly useful. It was our electric plant, our own generator, that would run the elevator and the hall lights when the blackouts cast their shadows over our area. We were saved.
Brazil wants to be wanted in the region, and during this trip the president made certain that the Cubans understood that Brazil is willing to help them experiment delicately with capitalism. That, she said, will be Brazil's big contribution to Cuba.
The Catholics are preparing their liturgies and their pomp to receive Benedict XVI, while others wonder if his arrival will bring some significant transformation in the political or social situation of the nation.
Trips to Cuba aren't a typical Caribbean beach vacation; there are plenty of vacation deals to the Dominican Republic or Jamaica if that's what you want. The schedules planned by these approved travel companies are busy with cultural activities
The art of cigar smoking is almost like a rite of passage. It's like getting your first car, going to your first concert, or having your first beer. It's something you remember for years. And so it should be.
On Saint Sylvester night few homes displayed parties or music, at least in Havana. But I felt relief that the year was ending. Of 2011, with its advances overstated by propaganda and its setbacks silenced, once was enough.
The nothingness, the apathy, the wall at the corner to sit on, forever wasting time. The hero of the film Juan of the Dead was already acting like a corpse before the zombies invaded Havana, a city in fact shrouded and dead.
From time to time they invite you to be on some comedy show on TV, but you don't earn a living from this. You prefer to be hired by one of the exclusive restaurants that have begun to spring up all over Havana.