Thursday, August 2, 2012

Un Cafecito y Mi Corazón.

I vaguely remembered his schedule. Or at least the one he'd had for that one week a month or so ago! I didn't expect him to be there that day. Still, my eyes were wide open and exploring every visible space around me. We managed to arrive at the buffet before closing time. I anticipated a surprise but he was nowhere to be found. Every male that I heard, my brain quickly scanned for voice recognition.

He wasn't there. I had to accept that. He would surely be there the following night!

I proudly showed my mom around, as if I were a regular, as if I'd been here a million times before, even if I'd only been there once and for a total of seven days while my body was ravaged by mysterious deformities no less, and my brain buzzing due to injections and primal lust.

"I can't wait to see the ocean!" my dolphin mother repeated a few times that evening.

We headed back to our room after the evening show. I had carefully unpacked all of my shiny new clothes (I wasn't going to wear that yellow dress everyday!) and had picked an outfit for tomorrow night. I couldn't sleep. My mother had no problems in that department. I could already hear the purring of her snoring.

I'm being kind. It sounded like a Cuban muffler.

I grabbed my ipod, slipped on my sandals and headed out for a walk. I was just too full of excitement and nervous energy and I needed to unwind. I also really needed a Cuba Libre. I selected my very cherished summer playlist and chose the song, that for some peculiar reason, empowered me. I didn't want to listen to the music that I usually preferred like Muse, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, and The Black Keys. No! That was way too depressing! I wanted fun, upbeat pop, and Jennifer Lopez is Puerto Rican so, close enough, right? I could switch to Celia Cruz later.

Oh yeah, this was working! I felt tingles run up and down my arms. Maybe it was my endorphin rush or maybe it was the mosquitoes, but I was feeling good.

More after the jump...

Cheesy song that made me feel bad-ass.

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I was so energized about the possibilities of the next night! I imagined a thousand and one scenarios, most of which involved the wind softly blowing in my hair and everything in slow-motion.

After one and a half lukewarm drinks, I headed back to the room to get some sleep. I spent one additional hour with my eyes as big as saucers, while staring at the drapes.

I awoke the next morning and my ipod was still on, earbuds still fastened in my ears, and I may have moved and set the song on repeat because Jennifer Lopez was still singing "Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, hey!". In fact, even as I showered (and had obviously removed my ipod) I could still hear it in my head. Just that verse. On and on.

"Do you want to do breakfast first or coffee in the lobby?" my mother asked.

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, hey!


"Ooh, did you sleep at all? You look...tired!"

"Mmm-hmm...sort of." Na, na, na, na

"Oh coffee definitely first!"

I picked out some shorts and whatever t-shirt I could find. I still had approximately seven hours to look decent and refreshed. Right now I needed coffee.

And sunglasses.

We sat at the lobby bar and I stared vacantly into space.

 Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, hey!

I heard my mother order her coffee. I had hoped that she had ordered mine as well. I wasn't too sure if she did.

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, hey!

"And for you miss?"

Ok, so she hadn't.

I turned around "one coffee...Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, hey! "...with milk and two sugars, please." Na, na, na, na, na, na, na...


It was him.


  1. cute! I really liked this blog entry :)

  2. I'm so excited to be back in Cuba with our fearless, sunburnt heroine. Going to sleep now with Lil Wayne in my mind and hopes that tomorrow we have a new post and this relationship kicks off!!!

    1. How do you know it's going to kick off? Maybe he'll reject me!

      ...oh wait! ;)

  3. Squeal!!
    This is better than a brazilian telenovela lol

    1. Hehe! I did watch a lot of those while growing up! Right now I'm hooked on a telenovela from Argentina that I watch every evening on Cubavision!

      One time they buried this woman alive (her makeup was still flawless) and I was like ok, I need to watch this!