Full Time Fabulous Event: A Cubanita For Life

I’m too excited to participating in this event hosted by Kristy Elena of Full Time Fabulous.  Today’s theme is about exploring our culture’s and where we’re from and I’m glad the FTC Community chose it because it’s something that I don’t get to really talk about much here on my blog. 

I mentioned briefly awhile back that my mom’s family is from Havana, Cuba and I grew up in a typical, Cuban household (Spanish and all!).  I even went to Cuba when I was little girl to meet the tons of family I still have over there.  I can’t wait to go back now that I’m older and the travel over there has gotten a little bit easier.  But until then I get to experience Cuban life through the traditions I grew up with (like Noche Buena), living here in South Florida, and my Abuelita, who can still throw down in the kitchen!

So what is Cuban Culture to me?

  • It’s big, bold colors
  • It’s music, letting the rhythm just flow through you
  • It’s food, food,….and more delicious food!
  • It’s all about family
  • It’s loving to laugh

 

Photos courtesy of:  artrattler.com, dancefilmscotland.com, ilovehavana.com, mylivetocanvas.com, restaurantgirl.com, telegraph.co.uk

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  1. WOW i have never known anything about the Cuban lifestyle and culture…and not this is an eye opener…thank you for letting us come in to your world…perfect post…

    Kisses
    Sweet
    PensandLens
    @mistytewest

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  2. A woman I used to work with traveled to Cuba a few years back and could NOT stop raving about it. She travels extensively, and repeatedly said that it was one of the best trips she had ever been on. The culture and people left a huge impression on her and I know she was planning to return at some point in time.

    I love the collage you put together. The shots of your family combined with those vibrant colors are just perfect!

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    • MJ

       /  April 7, 2011

      My grandmother went back last summer for a month and she had such a fabulous time over there! I can’t wait to go back!

      Thrilled you like the collage! 🙂

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  3. If I think of Cuba I immediately want to dance and seeing your collage I feel like summer. All those vibrant colors just make you smile. With food like what you have there really what else do you need? Great post thx for participating because trough the ftf blog event link i found you.

    xo

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    • MJ

       /  April 7, 2011

      That’s the exact feeling I wanted to get when I was putting the collage together! Thanks so much for stopping by and I’m so glad you found me! 🙂

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  4. What a great collage, with so much color!! One of my aunts (through marriage) is cuban, and she is one of THE best cooks I know. 🙂

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    • MJ

       /  April 7, 2011

      I’m so glad you like the collage! I wasn’t sure what to do at first! 🙂

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  5. i had cuban food today!!!!!!! it was amazing!!!!!!

    i love the gorgeous and vibrant collage you created for the event. and i love what being cuban means to you. what amazing parts of life – living, loving, laughing, enjoying good food, and enjoying life! gorgeous and inspirational!!

    thank you so much for participating in my blog event. =)

    Kristy Eléna – Full Time Fabulous
    Vogue Gone Rogue
    Twitter: @kristyelena

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    • MJ

       /  April 7, 2011

      Ha!! How awesome!!!

      Thanks for hosting this awesome event! I’ve been wanting to talk about my culture for awhile now and this was the perfect opportunity to do it! Can’t wait for the next event!!

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  6. Aww, I love this! Your collage is beautiful, so spirited and really expresses all the personality of Cuba. I’ve always thought it seemed like such an exciting place. Lovely job!

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    • MJ

       /  April 7, 2011

      Thank you!! Cuban culture is more diverse than people think and it only adds to the flavor of it all!

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  7. I love cuban food. Some of my favourite music is Afro-cuban artists clubs I miss going to, dancing feel it in your bones. I remember meeting people and how real they were. You have such a wonderful culture that loves strangers like a family.
    Thanks for sharing! -xxoo 🙂

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    • MJ

       /  April 7, 2011

      I miss going to Spanish clubs too! I dunno, it’s just something about the music that it just forces you to move! It’s impossible to stand still! And the food is fantastic!

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  8. What a gorgeous collage. Cuban culture eternally fascinates me!

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  9. lovely collection of photographs that really showcase the culture. i was born in jamaica so i used to be able to fly into cuba, but now that i am an american citizen it’s not so easy.

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    • MJ

       /  April 6, 2011

      The travel from the states there has gotten a lot better. What kinda stinks is that for those born there and live here have a really hard time going over there.

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  10. designedbyann

     /  April 6, 2011

    what a nice collage…never been to Cuba but I like your representation of it…I like color, music and food 😛
    Love,
    Anna

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    • MJ

       /  April 6, 2011

      Thank you! I don’t remember much of it when I went when I was a kid so I really want to go back. It will kinda be like the first time! 🙂

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  11. That is so interesting to know! I have a very good friend who is Cuban and they have made me an honorary member of their family. It is all about family, food and good times. Thank you for sharing a little about you.

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    • MJ

       /  April 6, 2011

      Honey we are always adopting family members!! It’s funny because I grew up with people who I was told were my cousins only to find out when we got older that we aren’t even related! LOL

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