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How I Met My Gringo Husband

Submitted by on September 25, 2009 – 10:42 am6 Comments

RS fotoI met my Gringo Husband in the lobby of the former Havana Hilton.
We were both there on assignment for two different American newspapers.
When I got back, I told friends I met a man in Havana.
They asked me how I would get him here. Um, no problem.
My family said:
“Imagine that, you went to Cuba and found a man! Ese te lo mando la Caridad.”
We have been together 18 years.

Which brings me to this: Several years ago, my group of Latin friends in Nashville had a series of parties we called “Los Mezclados” — or the “Mixed Ones.” Membership? Being a couple comprising of a Latina/o married to a non-Latino, or affectionately, “a gringo” or “gringa.” The friend, pictured left, was a prime organizer of our group.

About 98% of the couples were made up of an American man and a Latina woman and while I cannot remember completely, I think I was the only American-born Hispanic in the group.

Ah, what parties they were. Pot-luck deliciousness from all over Latin America and dancing in the living room — with furniture pushed back against the walls, claro.

My guess is more than a few Gringo Husbands were able to hang out in a corner and sympathize with each other over their marriages to las mujeres. At least that is what I would have done in their position. No siempre somos facil.

My friends always say we are going to resurrect the theme, and we really should.

I got the idea for this video when a friend from Argentina told me she and her husband met at a tango class in Patagonia — a class she didn’t even want to go to. I loved the story. From Patagonia to Nashville. That’s love! (You will see her in the video)

I realized then my friends have great stories about how they met their husbands. And, so I put a Flip in their faces and asked them to share with you.

And, it is pretty timely considering that Sofia Vergara, playing a Latin wife to an American guy in ABC’s Modern Family, has just become a poster girl for Mezclados everywhere.

I will be sure to bring the Flip to the next Mezclados…

But, first…Do you have a Gringo Husband?

Share, por favor!


  • ana says:

    Hi prima, no I’m not the Latina married to the gringo but I am la novia del gringo and I sssoo relate to your amigas………It is funny amusing and endearing to me how much these men REALLY love us and appreciate the fabulous women we are……QUE VIVA LA LATINA!

  • Tia Mirtha says:

    Never had a gringo boyfriend, don’t know why. My friend Lilly has been married to an american for 43 years. Que aguante!!!

  • Tammy says:

    Oh yeah, this latina is married to a gringo!! I must say though that he speaks better espanol than I do, I know, I know, it’s a shame. And he is also a Santero-this wonderful, loving, handsome gringo husband of mine is a maker of santos, he carves amazing bultos and retablos and is such an inspiration to me!!

  • Marta says:

    I’ve been married to my fabulous English husband for 17 years. We met at church (I know. How cliché.) I was the most exotic creature he had ever met. (I still am.) =D

  • Yoly says:

    I met my gringo husband in an airplane going to Puerto Rico. It was my first trip back home since I had move to the states and he was traveling for business. Long story short… we’ve been together ever since getting back to the states and been together for a wonderful 7 years *knocks on wood*.

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