Saturday, October 26, 2013

A trip to Explore and Rediscover myself Cuba Part 2 Santiago de Cuba ( 1 )

After my first Night in Santiago, Jorge decided to help me move to another house that would give me breakfast and dinner for that Same $25 ... It was a good decision but I never really slept well inside that room, I had many nightmares like I was in a sad movie and that was really bothering me, not only because I am a sleepy Monster, but that was making me a little scared something could happen to me ...
Maybe my brain was making me confused just because I was far away from home 
The Balcony 

We celebrated Jorge's Birthday all day, I was happy to be there for his celebration, only 19 ! Jeeeeesus !
We spent the day at the beautiful " CASA DE TROVA TRADICIONAL CUBANA " Trova is beautiful, slower than salsa and I found it also harder to dance! 

as I listened to the Music I wrote my story

Oh Look at This Flower Playing on The Stage ! 

She was amazing had an attitude playing her Maracas !

Jorge and me with the Incredible $1 yes $1 2L bottle of rum ...


The Beautiful Walls and me a little Rumedout lols

Funny it says " possible fall " just like that lols

My angel 

My sweet Crew
David Classical Guitar, Francisco Tres, Frank Trumpet,  Jorgito Trombone only Monsters allowed * Love

We had such an amazing time this evening we played music and improvised songs, Fred said that Cubans could play anything and I said that they could not play Samba and Bossa Nova...well they wanted to prove me wrong !  that moment was magical we started to play and improvise melodies lyrics smiles so much happiness, I felt like we were friends from a long time and I felt really loved and respected what a beautiful evening this picture is outside of the Casa de la Trova they have a sweet outdoors area 

With sweet Alfoso , Percussion Teacher at the Conservatory Esteban Salas 

Streets of Santiago de Cuba

                             This is the Moneda Nacional ! The money Cubans use ( only for Cubans ! )

aaaaaaaand now my absolute Favorite Dish in Cuba Spagetti covered in cheese and sweet tomato sauce... $1.75 everywhere ! 

After enjoying the evening with friends we went to Jeorge's house to celebrate with his family...
What a magical time, I never felt so happy really, I didn't grow up in a big family my brother was born when I was 13 my parents were already divorced and that was the first time that I really felt part of a complete family, his father and mother treated me with so much Love ... 
They kept saying that I was the daughter they never had and I cried at the dinner table I was too happy with all that love, they would insist on pointing the fan at me when the weather was feels like 51degrees, and I also noticed they gave me the biggest plate with more meat ... Small gestures of real Love

Mom Jorgina, Jorge,  Dad Andrez and Jorge's Niece AND OMG I don't know how cool planet earth is but she cooked my favourite dish ever since I was a kid! It is a slow cooked meat called CARNE DE PANELA ! 

Cutest thing ever when I arrived at the house Andrezito ( Jorges brother and now my brother too ) wanted to wear his Brazilian Jersey * more love

Andezito hurt his knee awww

Jorge showing off his Trombone Skills and his abs cause he is going to the Military Service

I know this is not for me

Jorge is a very loving person * carinhoso 

We also went to another house really close to his house to spend some time with his brother from another father ... When we arrived at the house Jorge said that I was a singer, one of the girls said that she loved to sing and her mom told me that she could not sing ... I told them to come outside with me, I opened the piano app on my phone and that was my first singing lesson ever, I was there teaching for love with love ... and sing scales with little angels was one of the best feelings I could feel as an artist 

My Students !!!

and after class we got to play Something I haven't played in years ! I am not sure how it is called in English but we call it AMARELINHA in Brasil, you draw numbers on the ground with charcoal then you have lots of fun hehe

Jorge's big bro and his glass before we did a shot of rum !

And time to go home this is Jorge's Dad1 he took me home .... That was a super long day !

Love tell you more soon

Mozart AM Poem

Mozart Serenade 13 to Violin Sonata
Lime lemon Sorbet
This picture of Frida posing in her white dress, red scarf and my empty bottle of rum that was a souvenir from a  day that I danced
His arms 
or maybe I just ...
Why do you walk inside of my dreams?
as I wished that I could now be a Sonata I said forever 
The notes are so beautiful where did I go?
I don't know!
but I won't ever find you again
Don Giovanni : La ci darem la mano
Tomorrow when I see the sun, just the sun rise maybe I will be allegro
and Pianissimo open the door 
Walk, and silenzio

Sunday, October 20, 2013

A trip to Explore and Rediscover myself Cuba Part 2 Santiago de Cuba

Woke up at 6am, check out and leave the Hotel, mom was about to go back to Canada and me... I was ready to start my adventure !
my Bus that was suppose to arrive at 8am, didn't show up until 8:30 ... Longest half an hour of my life. Not only because I was tired of the resort thing but I was now alone I had to get going with my mission ...
Bus arrived, everything went fine and the Tour Guide was such a genius I was impressed, he spoke at least 4 languages and knew a lot about world history and of course ... Lots and Lots about the Cuban culture and *Santeria !
The trip was about 3 hours a little less... I slept... I always sleep

The moment I arrived in Santiago I said to myself " I don't like it here, I am gonna leave to Havana tomorrow " ... I think my eyes were not familiar with that view and this is why I felt scared, I went to the pay phone to call the dancer that was going to meet me there and help me find my " Casa de Familia " there is LOTS of this in Cuba, it is a perfect room in a house with a private bathroom, tv, air bla and bla for something around $25CAN majority will offer breakfast ... as I was trying to phone the dancer I hear 1,000 people behind of me TAXI! TAXI! TAXI! and I was just so confused this guy approached to me and said the dancer couldn't come but he would drive me to my house... Easy... I went with him...
 * SanterĂ­a, a syncretic religion of West African and Caribbean origin influenced by and syncretized with Roman Catholicism.( from wikipedia ) there is lots and lots more to find out about Santeria and it's roots ...

The room was in the super top floor of the house, this is the view from the room/balcony

Woman selling Avocados 

I looked outside and there was a little girl dancing on the rooftop of her house, that moment felt extremely amazing and free
After an hour of exploring the house and making myself feel comfortable, I went to look for the Conservatory ESTEBAN SALAS that was just by the house that I was staying at 
I spoke to the Director of the school, I was trying to study at their library but she said no, not even that ... BUT I didn't give up there, and a really nice gentleman introduced me to the " Classical and popular  Guitar" teacher, she was really sweet and we booked some private lessons for the next day ! yeeee  
While I was waiting for the teacher this guy passed by me with his Trombone wearing a Brazil Jersey ,  I said " nice shirt " ... He smiled and walked away ... 

I was really happy and ready to leave and go eat everything I could find on planet earth so hungry I was, when I heard someone say " Jorge " I remember a friend from Canada gave me the phone number for one of his friends in SANTIAGO, his name was also Jorge and I got super excited , it could only be that guy ...his friend ! I asked someone to find that Jorge for me and he was maybe gone, for a second I felt like running to his house, and he appeared from nowhere ... I said 
" Hey, do you know Bla Bla from Canada" he is like " Yes! He is my friend ! "
at that moment I didn't know, but I was meeting the person that I would spend 7 days, at least 18 hours per day with, the person that was going to be my brother from another mother, also I was meeting an
angel that not only spent time with me, kept me safe but introduced me to his family  ...But this is another magical Story 


That night we went out for dinner and Drinks, I was really using the best of my Spanish and we got along really well I really like people that have a super pure soul and Jorge had a white soul...
we hang out with William Hechavarria, a sweet that teaches percussion at the Conservatory, that night he was playing with his band 

I love this wanna make it one day 

" You won your life don't waste your beauty don't Smoke " but they taste delicious ... =/

When the band finished playing and the Club was closed, we bought a bottle of rum and started to sing and play guitar, what a moment it was just like I was in Brasil, the energy, the smiles, sing along and don't care about the time ... Beautiful
Our Group got bigger and William Organized everything we had on Table, he said they were the Sponsors for the night ... LoLs 
We san Guantanamera at least for an hour ! I was starting to feel super happy again and finding some sweet thought I once almost lost  

Jorge then walked me home... That was a long day for me , I had my first class the next morning and I knew that was going to be painful ! #RUM

excited to tell you more

Love Ju