7 things that changed after leaving Cuba and moving abroad

New challenges, new people, new experiences you’ve never tried before… This is what lies in front of you when you decide to leave Cuba and move abroad. It’s a road paved with hopes and dreams and although sometimes it’s hard to adapt, most of the times it’s worth every single effort. This is because you are building a new future, a better one, not only for you, but also for your family.
Your soul will always pertain to that part of life you spent in Cuba. A part of you will always be connected with the food you miss, with the people who helped you become the person you are today, with the memories which offer the strong roots of your current life. But there’s a new you, waiting to be discovered and grown.

So what changed?

  1. Home” became a place a little harder to identify. When you think of “home”, you think of Cuba, but at the end of the day you get back to the new place you try your best to make as comfortable and as cosy as possible.
  2. You became bilingual. When you interact with a foreign language on a daily basis, you learn and unlearn at the same time.
  3. You learned to say Goodbye. When you first leave Cuba, it feels like a part of you is broken into pieces, but with every visit and every call, Goodbye is not that hard anymore. You just learn to enjoy more the moments spent with your loved ones.
  4. You discovered parts of you that you didn’t know existed, you’re amazed at yourself and at the world, because you always learn new things, which broaden your horizons.
  5. You learned to keep busy… You will yearn for the days when you would only stay home and cook something or just spend time with your family.
  6. Your perception of normal changed, because what used to be normal back home in Cuba is miles away from the normal of your new country.
  7. The way you keep in touch with your loved ones. You call them or text them much more than before! But that’s the only thing that changed, the channel. Because the Cuban family bounds stay strong no matter the distance.

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