Interview with Yoani Sanchez – May 2008

Alek Boyd: An encounter with Yoani Sanchez in Havana

Havana, 26 May 2008 | Much has been said about Cuban blogger extraordinaire, Yoani Sanchez. Her blog, Generacion Y,
has caused quite a revolution, among opposition to and supporters of
Castro’s dictatorship alike. She recently was granted the important
Ortega y Gasset prize. Furthermore, Yoani has also been named as one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People,
by TIME magazine. Little surprise then that I was going to make the
most of my visit to Cuba and make the necessary arrangements to meet
with her, to determine, on my own, whether what’s been written is true
or not. So we met in a cafeteria near her building, whose elevator
marks in its floor dial two fives, two tens and the eleventh button
took us up to the thirteenth, maybe so as to keep bad luck away. Her
husband, writer
Reinaldo Escobar, shared a few thoughts as well.