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I was born in an industrial run-down town in the central part of Cuba and I always had the need to see and live more. I went to Havana to study Journalism and to start discovering our small-big world.
Every once in a while, I backpacked around the country: I climbed the Turquino Peak twice; I climbed El Yunque de Baracoa (The Baracoa Anvil); I danced my way through the Santiago carnivals; I became a "trova-adict" at El Mejunje in Santa Clara; I breathed in the fresh air of the unparalleled Bay of Matanzas; and I went to the westernmost point of Cuba.
I love writing chronicles for I believe that words, well put together and given the right spin, are as powerful as images. I also got trained as an audio-visual maker, a passion I indulge by videotaping my adventures. I like to walk about; get off the beaten path; search the soul of the places, know their music, their food; talk to the people, and record it all in my mental "hard drive", hoping to find a time and a place to tell the stories.
My husband loves adventures as much as I do, and we are passing that passion onto our son: we hitchhiked around Cuba with him when he was under one-year-old, and he has even flown to the east of the country. I have, unquestionably, crafted a happy nomad family.