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Balsero, Guayaberas y Telemundo 

By  Alexis Martin

I want to thanks Telemundo for the interview they will air today at 6:30 in their Spanish television news.

On Wednesday, August 31, 1994, I left Cuba on an improvised boat from the Matanzas province in Cuba's central part. We were nine men with almost no provisions and no experience at sea. We encounter a terrible storm and almost die; we were turned back to Cuba and landed at a beach near Havana.
The next day only two of the original rafters tried again. This time we were picked up at sea by the US coast guard on Monday, September 5, 1994. The coast guard took us to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

I spent 13 months waiting to be processed and hoping to make it to the United States. I was finally allowed to enter this great Country in October 1995. Many of the Cubans who tried this trip did not make it. May their soul rest in peace.
I know the pain and sacrifice a family had to endure without knowing whether i was dead or alive.

Today I had an opportunity to share my story on this Telemundo interview. I was able to show what we were able to accomplish in this great country of ours, with hard work and sacrifice. I'm forever grateful to the US for allowing me to become part of it. 

Gracias a Telemundo por la entrevista que me tomo y que saldrá hoy Agosto 27 2014 por el noticiero nacional a las 6:30pm Eastern Time.

El miércoles Agosto 31 de 1994 salí de Cuba en un bote a remos por Varadero Matanzas, Cuba. Éramos unas 9 personas con muy pocas provisiones, sin ningún tipo de experiencia de navegación. Luego de una travesía tormentosa donde por poco perdemos la vida, el bote fue regresado a Cuba.


Al próximo día de llegar devuelta a Cuba solo otro hombre y yo (de los 9 en el bote) lo intentamos de nuevo, esta vez al ponernos de acuerdo con otro grupo de balseros víctimas de la misma tormenta que nos regresó a tierra. Fuimos recogidos por el guarda costas americano frente a Habana, Cuba el lunes Septiembre 5 de 1994. De ahí nos llevaron a Guantanamo Bay donde estuve 13 meses hasta que por fin nos permitieron emigrar en los Estados Unidos en Octubre de 1995.


Muchos de los que s salieron de su tierra hace 20 años no pudieron llegar, dios los tenga en su santa gloria. Conozco de cerca el sufrimiento de los familiares y la zozobra de no saber nada de su hijo, hermano o esposo.

Hoy tuve la oportunidad de contar mi historia y de contar lo que con tanto sacrifico mi familia y yo hemos logrado en este gran país al cual le estoy eternamente agradecido. Si tienes tiempo sintoniza hoy a las 6:30pm para que veas la entrevista en Telemundo.

Alexis Martin


I'm a first-generation Cuban immigrant. I have a passion for everything Cuba. I love to share our culture and my expertise in the world-famous Guayabera Shirt. On December 18, 2002, I sold my first Cuban Guayabera shirt online. I fell in love with the process and the fact that this is a business, you always have to be willing to learn. Many things have changed since then, new software services, new concepts. At Mycubanstore.com, we had been able to ride different market waves. We are always humbled and grateful for this privilege of building a future in this great country.

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