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In my childhood, I had two great passions that accompanied me into adulthood: reading and travelling throughout Cuba. The second stems from the fact that I was born in a small town in a beautiful valley west of Cuba; the Vinales Valley, now declared World Cultural Landscape by UNESCO. Every year I travelled with my parents and an older sister to the eastern end of the country to visit my grandparents. Thanks to these scenic family trips, I was able to see the most interesting landscapes and cities in Cuba, their parks, bridges, monuments, typical food and more. Now, with my seven-year-old son Martin in tow, I follow my father's footsteps. Putting himself in mine and my sister's shoes, he used to plan trips considering our likes whilst looking for new experiences that would enhance our children's universe. This is one of the reasons I want to help other families discover the mysteries and beauty of this island, my island.
One of the best exercises I do daily is to try to look at life through the eyes of a child; what moves them, interests them, seduces them and makes them grow. That's key to my job as an advisor to Cuban TV programming for children and youngsters, a very demanding task through which I have learned a lot about childhood and its different developmental stages: preferences, worries, motivations, fears and joys. In short, all that makes childhood and youthhood a unique and extraordinary moment and stage of life.
I love to write for children, a passion that I channel through writing scripts for TV programs aimed at children and their families, either for educational purposes, dramatisations, musicals or even theatrical children's shows, some of which have been put on stage in the largest and most important theatres of Havana.
When taking my son by his hand, or letting him take me away by his, we are a team eager to explore as many places as we can in Cuba, mostly in Havana. Our basic rule is to let ourselves get surprised by the beauty and wisdom hidden in nature, in architecture or art. Together, we have discovered parks, theatres, plazas, art exhibits, books, songs, games, etc. Not only do we enjoy new learning experiences and exciting thrills, but we also love to share them with other boys and girls around us, with their families, and with anyone interested in joining us in these intense and enriching daily adventures.