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Latino Family Camping Trips Are So Much More Than Some S’mores And Campfire Stories. Here’s What It’s Really Like

Movies portray camping trips as calm nights with campfire stories, smores, and sing-a-longs, but taking a camping trip with your Latino family is a completely different story.

They usually don’t include s’mores, but they’re so much more fun…

If one thing is certain about camping with your family, it’s that it’s going to be tight in the car.

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Not only because you’re going with your entire family, but you also all tend to overpack.

When you finally arrive and get to stretch your legs, you’ll have to deal with the hassle of unpacking everything and building the tent.

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Which might actually take all 20 of you to accomplish.

But after the hard work is done, the fun begins…with shots.

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The tío in the middle is already regretting the hangover he’s going to have in the morning.

But be careful, you don’t want to pass out outside of your tent.

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Not the best idea.

Or your family will take advantage and begin to mess with you.

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At least these guys are mature enough not to write on his face. Cuddles never hurt anybody.

So here are a few words of advice: try to make it all the way to your tent before you fall asleep.

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Even if you literally crash into it.

And you know a family camping trip isn’t a real camping trip without throbbing hangovers.

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At least it’s a sign that you had a lot of fun the night before, right?

But with great hangovers come delicious food.  How else are you going to cure those hangovers???

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Nothing better than a classic BBQ, with fresh food and ice cold micheladas.

Since there’s no wifi, all of the younger kids resort to random (and usually dangerous), outdoor activities.

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They might break an arm, but hey they’re kids…like your mom says, “déjalos, para que aprendan.”

Meanwhile, all of the dads sit around sunbathing, sipping on beer, and trying their best to look cool. ?

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Los compas bien chidos.

Whereas your mom and tías sit around sipping on cocktails ~*muy fancys*~, cracking jokes and exchanging chisme.

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The stronger the cocktails are, the juicier the chisme gets.

But camping nights aren’t complete without a live DJ:

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This “live DJ” is actually your primo with his speaker and aux cord.

This leads to all sorts of dancing.

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Usually to El Caballo Dorado’s classic “Payaso de Rodeo.”

You might run into some difficulties, but through bonding experiences like this camping trip, you realize that together you can solve anything.

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Because that’s what family is for.

As much as it might’ve been a drag to coordinate this trip, you know you won’t want to pack up and leave. You’re going to miss your family so much. ?

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Because camping trips with your family are honestly such a blast.


READ: 9 Stressful Moments Every Latino Experiences When Traveling With Their Family


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Finally An Explanation For Us Who Don't Understand The Obsession With Agua De Violetas

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Finally An Explanation For Us Who Don’t Understand The Obsession With Agua De Violetas

If you grew up in a Cuban family or are of Latino descent, chances are your head may have smelled of violets as a baby or even in your childhood years. Here’s the story behind the Cuban classic, “Agua de Violetas.”

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Posted by NBC Latino on Friday, April 14, 2017

Agua de Violetas is a way of life for most Cuban-Americans.

Of all things that are quintessentially Cuban, Agua de Violetas is probably the most Cuban of them all. The baby perfume that makes your cielito smell like a field of wild and fragrant violets has been used on pretty much every Cuban-American child at least once. But do you know the history of that perfume you still have in your home?

NBC Latino spoke with Augustín Reyes III and learned about the perfume’s history. This Augustín Reyes should not be confused for the original founder, Augustín Reyes, his grandfather. The original Augustín Reyes started the perfume line in Havana, Cuba in 1927, according to the interview by NBC Latino. Much like today, the perfume was a wild success and the family made a living off of selling the perfume, that it until Fidel Castro’s regime took hold of the island nation. By 1960, just one year after Castro seized power of the Cuban government, the Reyes family fled Cuba and settled in Miami, like most Cuban exiles. The Reyes family managed to smuggle out all the ingredients they needed to make the perfume. After settling in south Florida, the family business was up and running again. The main plant for the iconic perfume is still in Hialeah, Florida, a major Cuban exile enclave. The rest, as they say, is history. To this day, Agua de Violetas is still being used on Cuban babies, and adults, to add a crisp and fresh smell of violets to anyone who wishes.

Agua de Violetas is legit one of the greatest memories of any Cuban childhood.


*flashback to abuela combing my hair with Agua de Violetas and singing to me*

It was the one smell that connected all Cubans regardless of class, race, or socioeconomic status.


To this day, running out of Agua de Violetas is like losing a piece of yourself.


Who knew that one little bottle could capture an entire culture so perfectly?


So, all these years later…


READ: These Tweets Perfectly Capture Why Cuban Coffee Is All You Need To Get Through Life

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