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Meet Gloria

I am from Mexico, but now I am living in Stayner, Ontario, Canada. I just had a baby boy. He is 2-1/2 months old and I have 1 year off from work. My first language is Spanish.What I do now is take care of my baby, and alsoI would like to learn more English. I migrated from Mexico in 1995 to Chicago, Illinois U.S.A. I lived there for 3 years then I went back to Mexico in December 1998 just to visit my family. In January 1999 I migrated to Vancouver, B,C Canada. Then I left Vancouver in 2000 to come to Toronto. Here in Toronto I met my baby's father. He is Canadian. I really want to settle down because I throught that my life was kind of crazy traveling all around and I really didn't leave anything good at all. Looking at me now you would think I know nothing. All I need is to speak good English so I can talk with my husband without any problem. I am 27 years old and I want to make friends, at least to talk about our life.

I am from Xalapa, Veracruz Mexico My remaining family in Xalapa are my mom and brother. I have a sister here in Toronto. She has 2 boys, 5 and 3 years old.

Let me tell you that I am very proud of myself for becoming a mom because I was married for 8 years and I never became pregnant until I got divorced and honestly it is the best thing that could happened to me.

I live in Stayner, On., just an hour and a half from Toronto. My sister lives in Etobicoke. By the way my sister used to be one of those teachers of folklore. She knows most of the regional Mexican dances. She just had an offer from work to teach kids how to dance but she will teach only salsa, merengue, chacha, cumbia etc, but she is very happy about it so I just wish her good luck.

Well i think i am talking to much and i better get going. I was so happy to hear from all of you.

From Sus on the Ballet Gran Folklorico de Mexico

Some years ago, the breathtaking Ballet Gran Folklorico de Mexico were honorary guests in the more than 150 year old Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, not far from where we live, and I saw them dancing several times, both at the outdoor scene and in the concert hall. It was an amazing dance performance, full of life and with beautiful regional costumes, new for almost every dance, many of the dances do have roots back to the old Aztec culture.

The best reference I found comes from an Egyptian journal - now, this is truly a global exchange of information: question from Taiwan about a Mexican culture, answered from Denmark with help of a URL from Egypt - and oh, maybe our new friend Gloria in Toronto can add more to our knowledge pool?

Some day, I really have to go to Mexico and see for myself :-)

Sonja responds Nov 28

Hi Gloria, Thankyou for telling us about yourself and yes I can understand you very well. You've sound like you've had an interesting life. I think it takes a lot of courage to leave your home and go to another place to live and also to have a cross cultural marriage . I'm sure you have learnt many things in your life so please don't say you know nothing. Becoming a mother means learning so many new things too as I have found out from raising my 4 children and 2 step children. I was 30 when I had my first son and it was the biggest thing that ever happened in my life. I understand what you mean about wanting to settle down after so many years of moving around. When I came to Darwin 17 years ago I had spent nearly my whole life moving around. First, migrating to Australia with my family, then all through my childhood we moved around because my dad was trying to find a good business and a good life in Australia. Then after I left my parents home I was always moving too,I think it had just become a habit. I travelled a lot through Indonesia and other places in Asia and also spent a year living in Holland. I've lost count of how many different houses and places I've lived in. By the time I came to Darwin I knew it was time to settle in one place for a while. I fell in love with Darwin straight away because its so multicultural and multiracial and it made me feel like I was a part of a bigger world. I wanted to belong to this place and feel like I was a part of a community. Now eveywhere I go in Darwin I meet someone I know. I have really enjoyed watching people's lives change as we've all grown older together. Now I must admit I'm feeling like I'd like to do some travelling again. I would love my children to learn to speak another language fluently because even though I speak Dutch and Indonesian, because I am married to an Australian man and my first language is English we always speak in English in our home-except when my Indonesian or Dutch friends visit Your son is so lucky to have a chance to grow up with 2 cultures and languages. Are you teaching him to speak Spanish too? I have met a few Mexican people here in Darwin and we have quite a vibrant Spanish speaking community here from South America. I love going to social nights organised by our local Spanish speaking community because there is always such great music and wondeful dancing. It makes me feel jealous because I have never really learnt to dance well. Learning to do Latin dance is one of my future goals. My husband and I did go to a dance class once but because our kids were still young it was hard to organise babysitting so we stopped. Maybe next year we'll try again. Is Toronto a good place to live?

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