Shuffling through my iPod yesterday, trying to create a Christmas music playlist, I saw I had downloaded Tito El Bambino’s Christmas hit, Feliz Navidad.
Cue the Wayne and Garth flashback sound effect here
Late Wednesday, October 28, 2009 I arrived in Puerto Rico for what would be almost a year of reconnecting with culture, family, language, and the place I had called home as a child. There were many firsts and many adventures, one that took place just a little over a day later. My brother’s cousin, who was also visiting, and I connected immediately sensing the other’s sense of adventure and took off on the first of the many adventures we’d have over the next few months. This one, a quick trip to San Juan. There, just a short walk from where we parked was a plaza filled with cameras and musicians. We learned they were preparing to film a video.
Having just started trying to connect with my Latina roots through music a year before, I was curious. When I saw Tito, I recognized him and though I don’t usually get worked up over celebrities, I thought it was fate that brought us to San Juan right at that moment. We stayed to watch them film part of the video (it’s actually a long boring process to watch) and then went on our way, had some dinner, walked around and what was supposed to be a quick trip to the capital, turned into “Oh shit, we’re late and we’re gonna be in trouble” and very telling of what was to come.
More of my Puerto Rico adventures here: