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Going away for college “Miami kids” face a pluralism that is hard to reach in the self-sufficient enclaves found within South Florida. University and career choices can carry young Cuban-Americans away from Miami and everything the city means to them in terms of family, language and culture. When second-generation Cuban-Americans travel far beyond Miami they are uniformly struck by just how Cuban they feel. They ache for dishes of black beans and rice, and they search their iTunes for salsa music… Having relocated far beyond the United States I’ve also been stricken with just how American I feel… Elements of both cultures run deep… Continue reading
Tagged Adelaide, Australia, Cuba, Cuban American, Culture, Florida, Home, Little Havana, Miami, New York, New York Times, Spanglish, United States
I wish I was kidding…
Just found this one as it is (without the coin) while turning off the lights before bed... I've been home (alone) all day - so - My best guess is that I stepped on it without noticing. Don't think I'll get much sleep tonight.
They say white-tailed spiders seek the comforts of your home in the Summer to take refuge from the intense heat. Summer doesn’t start until December 1st. We’re still in Spring and it hasn’t even begun to get hot; not by Australian standards.
Just one more reason to look forward to visiting home for the holidays.
I’ve always said that I’m more afraid of the spider web than I am of the spider itself…
...Then I met this little guy (image via termite.com.au).
White-tailed spiders wander about human dwellings (beds) and may be encountered unexpectedly, unlike the black house spider and the redback which are more often seen in a web. They may be responsible for a disproportionately high number of spider bites compared with other Australian spiders, because of their wandering habits.
They live in gardens and inside houses, beneath bark and rocks, in leaf litter and are often found in the folds of clothes, towels and shoes. They do not build webs… Most active at night, they hunt for other spiders. – Wikipedia.org (accessed 28 Oct 2011)
I got up from the couch to stretch and get my blood flowing but after a very close encounter with this little arachnid, my heart started pumping a bit faster than I had bargained for. I would not describe myself as a quick thinker (I’m more of a deep thinker) EXCEPT when I unexpectedly find myself faced with an emergency. In situations where the average person might freeze or lose control, I remain calm, cool, and collected. I come up with a plan almost instantly, and execute it quickly and methodically. When I’m certain that the danger has passed, only then do I feel the effects of what might have gone wrong. – Anyone who has ever seen me in one of these situations can testify to this, and for those that don’t know me very well – it catches them totally off guard.
In this case it went a little something like this:
October 28th 2011
Initial reaction to seeing a giant spider crawling out from under the covered chest =
“¡Santa María Madre de Dios!”
(Holy Mary, Mother of Jesus!)
- Step 1: Assess the situation
Holy $&*%! That’s a White-tip! That sucker is deadly… I AM NOT GOING TO DIE TODAY! I need to add this to my “Spider Chronicles” for Mikie! … [2 second pause] … Okay!
- Step 2: Grab a glass from the kitchen and place it over the spider.
Now I know that this particular spider will no longer be inflicting harm upon anyone, ever. This allows me to sit back for a minute (or 20) and contemplate my near death experience; while I wait for my heart to resume beating at a normal pace.
- Step 4: Guarantee that I will not have to fear a bite from this spider ever again.
Example of a GenX Cuban-American: Image by Lunchbox LP via Flickr
For now you can call me Fulanita Tal Qual. I was born and raised in the United States, and I aim to give you a Cuban-American “Gen X” perspective of this wild and crazy (and beautiful) world we live in. – All from my point of view of course. So sometimes I’ll throw a bit of “Spanglish” in here and there because that’s the way I view the world.
p.s. I fall into the late range of gen x-ers and…
p.p.s. I went to high school with that guy pictured above.
Why x NoPlaceLikeHome x?
Because… what is home? It has no meaning on its own, only the meaning that you give it. It’s not a tangible place, but when you are there you know it right away… you feel it with your entire being. It’s different for everybody and some people may feel like they have more than one – or none at all. But everyone has an idea of what it feels like – or at least what it should feel like. Finally, there’s the real space where you keep your things and where you keep yourself… you call that “home” too.
So whats my point?
Right now I have 3 homes. The one I return to every night to sleep, the one where my family awaits my return, and the one that I long to find. I carry the second one with me everywhere I go and it shapes the way I see the world. This is the underlying theme of my blog. How home shapes the way people view the world around them and how the world views people depending on where it is they call home.
There is no direction beyond that – Just whatever comes to mind..
… De todo un poco!
* A note on the photograph that headlines my page: It was taken from the window of an airplane flying over Biscayne Bay, Miami, Florida. I took it from my seat, as I was leaving home on January 31st 2011 en route to Adelaide, SA, Australia where I am today. - My home is a truly unique & amazing place.
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Tagged Adelaide, Australia, Biscayne Bay, Cuba, Cuban American, Downtown Miami, Family, Florida, Generation X, Home, Miami, South Beach, Spanglish, United States, World view