10 Things Only a Russian-Latino Could Teach You About Russia

It might seem like a crazy combination, but being a Russian Latina is a lot more common than you would think. How did it happen, exactly? Well, back in the 1980’s when the U.S.S.R. and Cuba were communist buddies, a lot of (mostly) Cuban men went to Moscow to study in college. And that’s how my parents met: both studying engineering at what is now the Moscow Power Engineering Institute.

Growing up in Moscow and its suburbs until I was 8 years old (and visiting Cuba occasionally), I learned a lot about my birth country. With all eyes on Russia for the Winter Olympics currently going on in Sochi, I realized that not a lot of people know much about the huge country to the East. If you’re a little curious, too, then here are 10 things that only a Russian-Latino could teach you about Russia.

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Irina Gonzalez,

An NYC-based journalist, web editor, and food writer, she started her career with an internship at Latina magazine while receiving her bachelor’s at New York University. Her work has appeared in Time Out New York, MamasLatinas.com, FamilyCircle.com, TheFrisky.com, GoodHousekeeping.com, and more. When she’s not checking out the latest taco restaurant in New York City, scouring for the best tapas in Barcelona, or dreaming of visiting Alex Atala’s restaurant in Brazil, she’s blogging about her favorite recipes, healthy eating tips and maintaining her 100 pound weight loss on HealthyLatinFood.com. You can always find her on Twitter (@msirinagonzalez) & Instagram (@msirinagonzalez) talking about her latest delicious meal.

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