On May 18th, our South Florida Ford girls headed to Cuba Nostalgia at the Miami-Dade Fair & Expo Center. Every year, folks gather for a full-day of festivities celebrating the rich culture of Cuba.
Our ambassadors set out to meet festival go-ers at Cuba Nostalgia with the hopes of getting an intimate glimpse into their lives as Cubans and immigrants.
What resulted was a series of 22 beautiful and compelling portraits along with a brief snippet from our conversations that tap into their memories of the country they left behind and reveal a small window into their history as Cubans. Enjoy.
“I’m 93 and I still love to dance just like I did in Cuba. In America, you can do whatever you want.”
“The perfect day in Cuba to me is on a beautiful beach. I miss my home.”
“We’re high school sweethearts and have been dancing together for 42 years.”
“Pan con lechon. You just have to try it.”
“My style is inspired by the tropical culture and art of Cuba”
“I left in 1961 but Cuba has never left me.”
“I keep my roots alive by playing bongos and timbales. Cuba is beautiful – there is so much rhythm.”
“I left Cuba in 1994 on a raft. I was brought to Guantanamo Bay by the US Navy along with 30,000 other people. I had everything in Cuba but I wouldn’t stand for communism. Coming to America has taught me what it is like to live like a free man.”
“I’ve been playing the maracas for 50 years to keep Cuban music alive. Cubans are always “luchando” or fighting the good fight.”
“We became friends 40 years ago in Cuba. We miss all the beautiful women.”
“America has given us the opportunity for a better education. But we miss our families back home and of course, the smell of fresh coffee.”
“Everyone should visit a free Cuba. One day.”
“This is the street I used to live in 53 years ago – Bernaza. I remember it just like I was 16 years old.”
“I sell all kinds of guayaberas. They are called guayaberas because in the old days, the women who made these shirts for men made 4 pockets and filled them with guayabas- a fruit enjoyed in Cuba.”
“I’m a dancer. I danced for the world-famous Cuban dance club, Tropicana. I left Cuba in 1960.”
“I have been rolling cigars for 22 years. I hope to one day see a Cuba how it was before.”
“We came here looking for freedom. But we still miss everything back home.”
“I’m not from Cuba, I’m from Guatemala. But I love Cubans – they’re always ready to party just like me.”
“I left Cuba in 1967. I miss it but this country has given me so many opportunities.”
“I miss everything about Cuba. Especially the people.”