Raul Andres Martinez Tome
Raul Andres's Story
I grew up in Camaguey, Cuba, and spent most of our summers in Tarara, an ocean front community outside of Havana. I toured most schools as a child in Camaguey... Kinder at the Salesianas, where I fell in love with my teacher "a Nun," then to El Colegio Zayas, later to Los Escolapios, the Maristas, followed by El Porvenir, back to Los Escolapios. I was a member of the Cuban National Swim Team, loved my days at the Camaguey Country Club, and the Tennis Club where I played "squash." Got caught doing propaganda for the DRE and was then exiled in Varadero for over two years, escaped the failure of Bay of Pigs, and was taken out on March 26,1962 to end at Matecumbe. I was relocated with my sisters in New Jersey, and later ended up in other "camps" in anticipation for my return to Cuba...I never went back.
My experiences have always stayed with me through a very blessed, rewarding and successful life and career in New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Chicago, Michigan, and later in the Washington Metro area. I was able to obtain a great education completing a Bachellor and Master Degrees. I retired in 2001 at age 54 in Virginia with my wife of 41 years, two daughters, and two grand children...and we are all within close proximity of each other. My father "Lliyo" died at age 95 in Miami Beach and my mother Dora four years later at age 96, never to enjoy their return to Cuba. Unlike my sister Silvia, who has been back to check la Cuba de hoy, in my case, all I have are old pictures and memories "...algun dia volvere."