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Cuban Family – Elaina Tirador

So far my experiences in Cuba have been amazing. My father is from Cuba, and I have had the opportunity to meet many of my family members. I never dreamed this day would come true where I would be able to meet my Cuban family. It hasbeen one of the happiest moments in my life. I have learned so much from them in just three visits. Family is something that is extremely important in the Cuban culture. Their way of living is simple and conservative, but that is not what is important. What is important is being with family. They all live in a compact neighborhood and if the neighbors are not family they still know who they are. They treat everyone as if they are family including my friends. We have had good times together. We have spent several hours playing dominoes together, but my favorite thing was learning to dance. They have taught me how to Salsa along with other Spanish dances. It was a true cultural experience.The day is always concluded with a huge feast with all the relatives. My family has taught me a lot about myself and my perspective on life. I look forward to many festive visits during my stay.