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October 2018
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Rosa Martinez’s Diary

Free Internet in Cuba

The day that half of the Cuban population, especially teenagers and young people, have been waiting for finally came. Free Internet is now a reality in Cuba. News spread like a cloud of dust from neighbor to neighbor, from telephone to telephone, from ... Continue reading

Free Internet in Cuba

The day that half of the Cuban population, especially teenagers and young people, have been waiting for finally came. Free Internet is now a reality in Cuba. News spread like a cloud of dust from neighbor to neighbor, from telephone to telephone, from ... Continue reading

Remedy for Stress

I have read that “Stress is the health epidemic of the 21st century,” on more than one occasion. It’s so bad for you that it can trigger many other diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, stomach ulcers, muscular aches and pains and even death. Continue reading

Summer is Here, Take Care with Children

Even though the majority of parents take holiday leave from work in the summer, they can only take 15 days (a month max) and then there is the problem of what to do with the little devils because they are going to be at home the entire time. Continue reading

The New Constitution and Young People in My Neighborhood

A new Constitution, which implies significant changes for society as a whole, will start being signed off by the Cuban people. However, while these matters of great interest for a more inclusive, fairer Cuba are being analyzed, something special is ha... Continue reading

Let Me Explain…

Even though I read all of the comments people leave on some of my articles, I can almost never respond (because of limited Internet access), much less write to everyone who might reject or support my ideas. Continue reading

Hitching and Rides in Cuba

Who hasn’t hitched a ride before? Asking for a ride, spending countless nights on local and interprovincial transport forms a part of our everyday routines, at least here in Cuba. I am already well over forty and I have spent half of my life hitching rides. Continue reading

Ah Mom, That Was Before

When they say “go to your classrooms”, these uniformed bodies all look the same: clean, ironed, straight, tight; apparently there’s no difference between one young kid and another. But, if you take a look at their shoes, their cell phone, watch or any other personal item, you begin to see differences. Continue reading

The Embarrashment of Being Invited in Your Own Home

Only a real Cuban will understand this article; only somebody who has lived in Cuba over the past 20 years will know what I’m talking about. Continue reading

May Showers

There is a popular belief, at least here in Oriente, which says that everyone (adults and children) should drink water from the first downpour in May, Cuba’s wettest month, and if you don’t, you’ll suffer from terrible stomach cramps and diarrhea. Continue reading

When Wages Aren’t Enough to Get By…

If there’s one subject I don’t like writing about it’s about our financial needs, read here: our food, clothing and everyday situation, because it feels like whining, like the Spanish say, and I really don’t like whining. Continue reading

Be a man!

Those who follow my articles (which I hope are quite a few) should know that I live in a suburb of Guantanamo city, the fifth most populated city in Cuba. Continue reading

Are Cubans Just Waiting to Be Spoon Fed?

I have a friend I studied at university with who was very poor when he used to live in Cuba, I think he was the one in the worst financial situation out of all the people on my degree. Continue reading

Don’t Ask for Permission, Woman

I have a neighbor who can’t even leave to go to work before she’s told her husband where she’s going. And when she needs to run a few errands, she has to go into great details about the places she’s thinking of going to. Continue reading

Getting Through Another Day in Cuba

There are many things that ordinary Cubans do all over the island in order to survive in a country where wages are purely symbolic. I can name many examples off of the top of my head... Continue reading

An Act of Love that will Never be Forgotten

A few years ago (too many ago for my liking), I was invited to spend a whole day with my daughters at Los Corales Hotel, one of the hotels on the beach in the beautiful city of Santiago de Cuba. Continue reading

Different Ways of Celebrating the Holidays

December didn’t bring many surprises for the Cuban people, just another end of the year, which wasn’t very different to previous year ends, which everyone celebrates as best they can and people aren’t expecting much from this new year, not even with a new president. Continue reading

Violence, oh Violence

Like many women who are abused, Tamara felt she was to blame for what had happened: that she should have gone straight home after work, that she didn’t tell her partner she was going to go to the market, that she really did take a long time, that something else or another... Continue reading

Hunter Hunted, More on Gender Violence in Cuba

Conner Gorry’s article, Me too: Gender Violence in Havana, took me back to an incident that happened a long time ago, which I still remember, even when, let’s just say, my memory isn’t the best. Continue reading

Why Did Granma Fire its Director?

According to the announcement published by Granma newspaper, the Cuban Communist Party’s official press, Pelayo Terry Cuervo, the director of this newspaper, the country’s main one, was “released” from his position because of mistakes he had made. Continue reading

A Cuba-USA Story of Here and There

Danay and Juan are two regular young people out of the many here in Cuba who have been wanting to emigrate for a long time. They were born and raised during the cumbersome Special Period crisis of the 1990s and they became adults in the middle of the ... Continue reading

Irma and I

A friend who knows me well, who knows that I collaborate with Havana Times and knows that I am more inspired by personal experiences than any interesting news item, says: "Rosa, write something about Irma's passage through Guantanamo. Continue reading

Of Course it’s Possible to be a Millionaire in Cuba

Being a millionaire is the dream of many, I can’t say that it hasn’t been my own too. Some children fantasize about having a lot of money to take water and food to starving children in exploited Africa; others thought about helping those most in need on the planet... Continue reading

Heat wave takes over Guantanamo

It was just about 7 AM when I walked to the bus stop and the sun was already burning bodies; many people, especially women, were protecting themselves from the sun with parasols and sunglasses, but their light clothing seemed to do nothing. Continue reading

Nothing to Take to a Sick Friend

I don’t know whether this has ever happened to you too, but I haven’t gone to see a loved one in the first few days of their sickness because my financial situation hasn’t allowed me to buy a juice, malanga or something else we normally take to the afflicted on the island. Continue reading

Cuba Says NO to Force

Due to marijuana being decriminalized in some countries; many travelers try to enter with small amounts for their own personal consumption, which isn’t allowed in Cuba. In these cases, a warning is given and they are fined, noted an official. Continue reading