Natalie Pacheeks

This is Natalie, your cultural connoisseur. Let’s talk a bit about culture. What does culture mean? According to Merriam-Webster, culture is the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group.

So let that sink in for a moment, and reflect on the plethora of cultures we have in the suburb that is Kendall. Of course, we have South American, Caribbean, Central American cultures – but what we’d like to discover with this blog are the hidden cultures and traditions within our community, and highlight those that we already know of.

Culture to me is much more than just the Merriam-Webster definition, it’s the music, food, fashion, holidays we celebrate, and the way we all communicate with each other.

Isn’t there a slight sigh of relief and comfort when you hear someone speak the same language as you? As you keep listening and pick up their accent, you realize “Hey! I know what part of the country you’re from!” I sure do.

As a first-generation child of two immigrant parents from Colombia and Peru, living in Miami has made it seamless to fit in. There are many festivals celebrating independence days for both countries along with a wide variety of restaurants that one can treat themselves to.

The biggest shock -in a non-negative way- to me growing up, was becoming friends with great people who also have parents from the same countries and we all get to share holidays, sports events, and traditional homemade food made by a comforting family member. All less than a 10-mile radius of me, in Kendall.

Where are you from? What are some of the cultural traditions you have within your families? Do you have any suggestions of what you would like to see on the blog? Leave a comment below to share some of your stories and we can get this Kendall community going! 🙂