Being Latino hit the road today as a part of the American #LatinoHeritage Fund’s Road Trip, sponsored by the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service, Chevrolet, and Verizon. A multitude of bloggers across the country brought together by Hispanicize, PapiBlogger.com, LatinaMomBloggers.com, in an unprecedented initiative to honor the national contributions of the Latino diaspora in building this great nation. While each team has set off on their own adventures in their respective regions, Lance Rios, Cesar Vargas and I have been charged with touring the northeast.
After receiving our sleek and stylish red Chevrolet Malibu, dubbed Chevy Chase by our fans on Facebook, we synched up our collective devices, plugged in our laptops, grabbed our Verizon Jetpack, blasted off on the highway, and have been driving ever since.
Originally we were scheduled to stop first in Hartford, Connecticut at the Hartford Puerto Rican Heritage Trail, but were forced to push it further back in our itinerary to make up for time, making our first destination Providence, Rhode Island, to see the incredible La Plaza del Arte y Las Culturas Mural painted by Agustín Patiño, an accomplished artist who has produced paintings in cities throughout Ecuador, Chile, and the United States. This vibrant, colorful piece of artwork was created to represent the diversity of the entire Latino spectrum, and the “commUNITY” that brings us all together.
After indulging in the wonderful site, it’s off to Boston, Massachusetts where tomorrow we will be featured on MasTV’s morning show Mas En Vivo, and explore Villa Victoria, a neighborhood that was almost torn out from underneath the Latino community that furbished it. Stay tuned in to follow along our magnificent adventures, and pray for this Bronx born and bred Yankee fan in Beantown. iHasta mañana familia!