Speaking at Hispanicize 2012 in Miami
The photo above is from the Hispanicize event in Miami for bloggers, brands and PR. Here, I’m pictured with an amazing group of women and I couldn’t have been more excited that I was a part of this event!
Hispanicize was a whirlwind and a great opportunity for connecting with fellow bloggers, plus the benefit of learning tons from your fellow bloggers.
I also had some interesting conversations with a couple of fellow bloggers working on similar multicultural projects…one example is Valentina, a Venezuelan journalist turned bloguera who focuses on families and multicultural education. Check her out at Mamás Latinas y Papás También!
Definitely the best part of the whole event though, was having the opportunity to be a speaker on one panel and moderate another panel that I had pitched to the Hispanicize team. :) It was an honor to speak with so many amazing bloggers and be on a panel beside them. That experience was truly an amazing gift for me.
A special thanks to the Hispanicize team for making me a part of this unique event which celebrates the fabulousness of the digital Latino community.
More fab pics below. :)
On the Streets of Miami
One thing I have to say…Miami is gorgeous! WOW! This is a place where I could see myself living. The whole city and so many of the people in it radiated a vibe Latino. It seriously felt like home and I was sorry to leave. On the way their from the airport, I had such a great conversation with the shuttle driver who identified himself as biracial Cuban/Italian. He told me the history of his family’s Cuban/Italian roots and their villa in Cuba. We talked about everything from politics, to race, to feminism and I loved it.
Here in the Midwest, discussions like this on first meeting would be considered nosy or “inappropriate”. Needless to say, I was glad to be around the buzz of Miami, with all the lively conversation and close-nit, “30-second and you’re family” relationships. My husband would have loved it. It actually got us talking about moving next year. Maybe Chicago or Texas? We’re not sure…but we miss the big city and the friendly faces, so a move is definitely in our future. ;)
Soho Beach House in Miami
Towards the end of our trip, we were whisked away by the Sierra Mist Natural team for some rooftop ordevers at the Soho Beach House in Miami. They served up some delicious creations from Aarón Sánchez that were coincidentally made with Sierra Mist. ;)
I really had no idea where we were at the time, but I wish I had taken more photos because the view was gorgeous as you can see in the photos below.