Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hey strangers!!!

Tricked you! This isn't really a new post, just more excuses. Laying here listening to my baby sleep and reading comments that have accumulated on my blog over the last 2 years while I've been, well, busy. (I'm not even gonna comment on the comments except to say I laugh whenever I see one warning me not to marry a Cuban...WHOOPS, TOO LATE!!)

And by baby, I don't mean my husband, he's in the other bedroom cause the light of my phone was keeping him up and he has a union meeting tomorrow morning. By baby I mean cute , cuddly, needy, sprouting teeth, putting everything on the floor in her mouth, baby.

So yep, husband working a union job, cutest baby ever, 5 years together and we just passed the mark where more of our life together has been actually together in Canada rather than long distance. A lot has transpired between the events of my previous posts and now.

I won't make any promises about when I will write the rest. But at least I can say the real life story still hasn't ended and hopefully never will.


  1. YAY so happy for you and glad you're maybe going to finally update us on what has happened since your last post!!! Congrats on your baby...beautiful!

  2. Hey! I found your blog and am half way through it! Love it! I just got back from Havana and have a similar scenario :) I live in LA, California I would love to connect with you. I'm of similar age to you, think of myself rockabilly/ hipster, a very cool chick (lol), but what am I doing??? Hahahahaha

  3. Thank you for this post!
    I honestly read your whole blog today. I've been looking and looking for a positive perspective on Cuban/Canadian marriage. I was inspired by your blog to start my own today. There is honestly not many resources out there on how to marry a Cuban in Cuba and almost everything I have found was negative.

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  5. Hi,

    I went to Cuba 2 weeks ago. Had a boyfriend who I was not super happy but comfortable with back home. Not looking for anything, but I fell head of heels in love (and to make it all a little more complex, I'm American, not Canadian). So I came home, broke up with US boyfriend, and I'm planning to return in July.

    I am so happy I found your blog. It's good to know I'm not the first person to go through this and good things can result despite all of the negative thoughts my family, friends, society, etc. have about what I'm doing.

    I feel really happy right now (even though I'm stuck in California without Juan Carlos), so who cares if everyone thinks I'm crazy. For once, I am following my heart.

  6. WellI expected something along the lines of a love story with maybe some information about traveling to Cuba. I got a picture of a beautiful baby. Ok no disappointment.

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  8. Thank you for positive update.
    What steps did you have to take to make it happen?
    I want to invite my boyfriend for a bit. Not thinking anything crazy like marriage yet.
    Any pointers in the right direction would be appreciated.

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  11. my heart explodes reading your blog. thanks so much for sharing your story. every thought expressed...the fear and the joy...they're all just so real. i get to relive my similar experience through your stories. gracias por todo.