Our Contributors

Franklin Marquez
Franklin Marquez is a pen name for the writer of the blog and some stories contained in this blog. The name is also a fictitious name used in certain stories. His first name was given to him to honor a dear friend from Venezuela who died. In the stories and blogs, Franklin is a Cuban-born American citizen, who lives in Miami, and is an attorney in a firm founded by his father, Luís. In the blog, Franklin traveled to Cuba to visit family, and to learn first-hand what it’s really like to live there, following the route and impressions of a real person. You can read of his visit in Franklin Marquez’ Blog. He is also the one to whom all the writers in Cuba write in A Day in the Life – Cuba.

Contributors – A Day in the Life – Cuba.

Franklin Marquez – Age –50’s; Birthplace – Santiago de Cuba, Cuba; Residence – Miami, Florida, U.S.; Lives with Wife and Children; Occupation – Attorney, Writer, Moderator of the Blog

Reinaldo – Age – 50’s; Birthplace – Countryside near Bayamo, Cuba; Residence – Havana, Cuba; Occupation – Lives with Wife; Operator of a Casa Particular

Ramón – Age – 80’s; Birthplace – Countryside near Camaguey, Cuba; Residence – Camaguey, Cuba; Lives with Wife and Extended Family; Occupation – Retired, Previously Soldier in Batista’s Army

Oscar – Age – 80’s; Birthplace – Havana, Cuba; Residence – Havana, Cuba; Lives with Wife and Extended Family; Occupation – Retired, Previously Revolutionary for Fidel Castro’s Movement

Enrique – Age – 70’s; Birthplace – Havana, Cuba; Residence – Santiago de Cuba; Lives with Wife and Extended Family; Occupation – Retired, Previously Worked in Various Government Jobs, in
Bodeguitas, Museums, Restaurants

Juan – Age – 60’s; Birthplace – Santiago de Cuba, Cuba; Residence – Miami, Florida; Lives with Wife and Extended Family; Occupation – Accountant, Works in Cuban Restaurant as Bookkeeper; Brother of Doris

Doris – Age – 60’s; Birthplace – Santiago de Cuba, Cuba; Residence – Havana, Cuba; Lives with Husband and Extended Family; Occupation – Professor; Sister of Juan

Angel – Age – 40’s; Birthplace – Havana, Cuba; Residence – Havana, Cuba; Lives with Wife and Extended Family; Occupation – Self-Employed Barber, Previously Government Employed Barber

Yaineris – Age – 30’s; Birthplace – Holguín, Cuba; Residence – Havana, Cuba, Holguín, Cuba; Lives with Teenage, Profoundly Disabled Daughter, in Illegal Rental Unit when in Havana, Extended Family When in Other Locations; Occupation – Educated as Economist; Worked in Government Stores; Prostitute

Manuel – Age – 30’s; Birthplace – Santa Clara, Cuba; Residence – Havana, Cuba, Santa Clara, Cuba; Lives in Illegal Rental Units when in Havana, With Extended Family When in Santa Clara; Occupation – Was a Soldier, Worked Various Government Jobs, Jinitero, Not Officially Employed

Oswardo – Age – Late 20’s; Birthplace – Havana, Cuba; Residence – Havana, Cuba; Occupation – Computer Science; Husband of Yoana

Yoana – Age – Late 20’s; Birthplace – Santa Clara, Cuba; Residence Havana, Cuba; Occupation – Physician; Wife of Oswardo

Ernesto – Age – Early 20’s; Birthplace – Havana, Cuba; Residence – Havana, Cuba; Lives with Mother and Extended Family; Occupation – Educated in Business and Finance, Works in Hotel Operations for Government Owned Hotel; Fiancé of Marisa

Marisa – Age – Late Teens; Birthplace – Havana, Cuba; Residence – Havana, Cuba; Lives with Parents and Extended Family; Occupation – Educated in Business and Finance, Works at front desk of Government Owned Hotel; Fiancé of Ernesto


George – Age 70’s. Birthplace – Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.; Residence –– Daytona Beach, FL; Occupation – Merchant Seaman for the Lykes Company, now retired.