Household Goods in Cuba - English Translation

A Cuban-American who is returning to Havana for the first time since 1960 asks a young cousin who is a Havana resident what she should take for the family.


Oswardo answers:

Yes, it is very embarrassing to tell you, my mom told me to tell you please, she is already old and our sleeping sheets are very bad, all polyester or materials that itch. If you could buy her a cotton sheet it would be very nice.  My mom would be very happy. The sheet she uses is about 30 years old (older than me). It’s sooo thin.  Also, a kitchen knife for cutting meat would be great. Our knife was made from ​​a machete that although it is very hard, the blade loses its sharpness right away.
.............
She says:

What you suggested about bringing sheets makes me happy. I’ll bring them for all the beds. Tell me the sizes of the beds. (twin, full, queen or king)
About kitchen knives, I had already thought about it.  You know how happy that makes me?  kisses

..........

Oswardo answers:

Well cousin, I don’t know the measurements of the beds because those beds were made from a sheet of wood by a carpenter, but they are for 2 people. Here, we call them “camas cameras”.  But I would have to measure them.

.............

She says:

I guess they are full size, which are those of the past!  Do the children have their own beds or sleep together?

.............

Oswardo answers:

No, our son sleeps with his grandmother and our daughter in her crib that is attached to the bed where Yoana and I sleep.
.............

She says:

You teach me so much! Isn't she a little old for a crib?

.............
Oswardo answers:

........ Yes, in the case of the crib, my grandfather ordered it in Santiago de Cuba. They make them very nice and very cheap there.  The crib cost 1500 pesos (60 dollars), which was paid by my father-in-law, and he gave it to us.  Since we knew that we would have no room for a bed, we decided to make a larger crib than usual, with protective sides.  When she was a little girl, the sides kept her from falling. Now that she is bigger, we removed the sides, but the crib is still connected to our bed.
 



Artículos Para El Hogar En Cuba


Una cubana-americana que regresa a La Habana por primera vez desde 1960, le pide a un primo joven, residente de La Habana lo que debe llevar para la familia.

Oswardo contesta:

"si, me daba tremenda pena decírtelo, mi mamá me dijo que te lo dijera por favor, ella ya es mayor y las sabanas  para dormir son muy malas, todas de poliéster o materiales que dan picazón, su pudieras comprarle una sabana de algodón para dormir serial genial, mi mamá es matraquillosa con eso y aunque no lo creas la que usa tiene aproximadamente 30 años (es mayor que yo) esta finiiiita finita. Un cuchillo de cocina para cortar carne sería genial, tenemos uno hecho con hierro de machete que aunque es muy duro pierde el filo enseguida."

………….
Ella dice:

"Oh lo de las sabanas me hace feliz, dime la medida de las camas de todos.  (twin, full, queen or king)
Lo de los cuchillos lo había pensado , no sabes lo feliz que me hace. Besos"
……….
Oswardo contesta:

"Bueno prima de medidas no se porque esas camas las mandamos a hacer de tablas a un carpintero pero son para 2 personas aquí le llaman camas cameras, tendría que coger la medida."
………….

Ella dice:

"Yo me imagino que son talla full, que son las de antes! Los niños tienen sus propias o duermen juntos?"

………….

Oswardo contesta:

"no, el niño duerme con la abuela y la niña en su cuna que está pegada a la cama mia y de Yoana."

………….

Ella dice:

"No entiendo como la niña cabe en una cuna. Los tamaños deben ser diferente de aquí! Me enseñas tanto!"



………….

Oswardo contesta:

"…….. si en el caso de la cuna, se la mandó a hacer el abuelo en Santiago de Cuba, Alla las hacen muy lindas y muy baratas, esta costó 1500 pesos cubanos (unos 60 dolares) que los pago mi suegro y nos la regaló. como sabiamos que no tenemos espacio para una camita decidieron hacer una cuna más grande de lo habitual, con reja protectora demara tambien, cuando la nina era chiquita la usaba con la reja para que no se cayera ahora como esta mas grandecita se lo quitamos y pegamos la cunita todas las noches a la cama de nosotros del lado en que duerme yoana, pero es mas grande de las habituales."