MEMOIR

The Day Fidel Castro Almost Burst My Bladder

Memories of a life lived in Havana

Mario López-Goicoechea
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Published in
5 min readMay 13, 2024

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Fidel Castro in close-up, in military fatigues, laughing, and waving a small Cuban flag
Yes, cabrón, laugh all you want. My bladder wasn’t laughing, though. Photo credit Alejandro Ernesto /EPA (public domain)

It was 1988, and amongst the many events that left a mark on my life as a confused, almost rudderless, seventeen-year-old college student, one stood out the most. That was the year that I enrolled in the MTT (Territorial Troops Militia). I say ‘enrol’, but it is only fair to say that I was…

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