Mi Tierra – My Roots

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Image from: Yoga-Journeys with Ulrika

My blood, body and soul yearn to go to Cuba. I am a first-generation Cuban-American who has lived in Tampa all her life.

The closest to Cuba I have ever been was when I was on a cruise over waters where thousands of dead Cuban bodies were below me. The cruise ship was so close to Cuba that I could see the lights. I even saw the coast guard keeping a look out for anyone who tried to escape the country. It was one of the saddest things I’ve ever experienced – knowing it had to be that bad that people were willing to risk their lives to seek freedom away from home.

Both my parents were born in Cuba and left the country when they were young to escape the terrible conditions. Fidel Castro began his reign of power in the 60’s and turned it into something that was far worse than anybody ever expected. And because of him, the country became the worst it has ever been.

But, although the living conditions are very poor today, the country’s culture and lifestyle are still so rich. The music, the classic cars, the food, the dancing, the lifestyle – it’s all so colorful, and I cannot wait to delve into the culture that lives within me.

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Image from: miamidiario.com

This summer, I plan to travel to the country my heart and soul belong to. My family and I plan on traveling to “El Campo”, the poorer, more rural parts of the country, as well as major cities, like Havana.

I am so excited for this summer, and I cannot wait to explore “Mi Tierra.”

If you want to learn a little bit more about traveling to Cuba, go to https://insightcuba.com/cuba-travel/about-cuba.

If you want to learn about how to book a flight go to https://www.cheapair.com/blog/cheapair-news/cheapair-now-offering-nonstop-flights-to-cuba/

 

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2 thoughts on “Mi Tierra – My Roots

  1. I agree with what you are saying in how Cuba is a wonderful and beautiful country to visit. It is paradise for the Caribbean people, but unfortunately with the dictatorship of Fidel Castro, I personally would not take the time to visit the country. Tourist people staying in Cuba and spending money into their economy just makes the whole communist situation beneficial. The people who run and controls the countries economy and exportation is corrupted members of the dictatorship. One should not justified just because there are tourist places in Cuba, where in areas that the real people in the country is suffering for a plate of food, we as Americans should not spend money and enrich the Cuban government.

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  2. Two years ago, I had the time of my life traveling to Camaguey and La Gloria with my church to visit our companion parish. I agree with you that Fidel Castro’s leadership has not done the country any favors (and neither has the US’s embargo), but Cuba is still a beautiful country in terms of the culture and the people there. I remember when we visited the very dusty and dry La Gloria, all of the little old ladies there were constantly worried about me because I had a bad cough leftover from Florida. I also had the best food I’ve ever eaten and ever will eat in Cuba. I hope that you have un and make memories this summer!

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