By Eloise Quintanilla, Christian Science Monitor
Daniel, a literature major at the University of Havana, watched the Chicago White Sox on ESPN. His mom, Marisel, never missed an episode of "La Fea Más Bella" (The Prettiest Ugly Girl), a popular Mexican soap opera on Univision. And Daniel's younger brother was an avid fan of the VH1 music videos.
Now, they are stuck with four Cuban TV channels – and two of those are devoted to educational programming.
"Cuban TV is boring.... There isn't much variation," says Daniel Perez (who fears arrest, so asked that his family's real name be changed). "I like being in the loop, knowing about the newest trends and feeling like I'm in touch with the world."
Having a satellite TV, cellphone, or Internet connection at home is illegal for most Cuban citizens. But that hasn't stopped the spread of such services on the black market.
Books about Cuba on my shelf:
- Blue Cuban Nights by Ted Ferguson (2002)
- Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro's Cuba by Christopher P. Baker (2001)
- Traveling on the Edge: Journeys in the Footsteps of Graham Greene by Julia Llewellyn Smith (2001)
- Chasing Che: A Motorcycle Journey in Search of the Guevara Legend by Patrick Symmes (2000)