I was in the subway two days ago and suddenly I heard one person saying to another: "la luz de alante es la que alumbra" . As the only people in the word using such a phrase are Cubans, I interrupted the lady that was chatting with a rhetoric question: Are you Cuban?
Leticia looked at me with a familiar smile and answered affirmatively. Shortly after, I was introduced to Mario, a fine Argentine man, which surprised me due to his deep understanding of the Cuban culture .
After a quick catch-up with Leticia , Mario gave me his card and explained to me that both of them work for Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto (MNLCT).
MNLCT is a non-profit organization that helps and guides immigrants and political refugees in the Toronto area. Although there are other well-known organizations like YMCA, MNLCT differs in the fact that it not only assists "legal Canadian residents": Suppose you are a Cuban escaping from Cuba, where would you go without money and without papers? Well, I suggest you give MNLCT a try. At the very least, they will point you in the right direction for FREE.
One final quotation: MNLCT welcomes newcomers, immigrants and political refugees from all nationalities, not only Cuban guys.
: A similar idiom in English would be: "a bird in hand is worth more than two in the bush".
: It is worth mentioning that Mario Bianchi was closely involve with the relocation (in Canada) of 17 Cuban political prisoners, released after the visit of the Venerable Pope John Paul II to Cuba in 1998.
: Cubans are very friendly or like we usually say: "guarosos". So, if you find an unknown Cuban in the middle of Toronto and talk to him/her, there's a 99% chance that he/she will tell you his/her life :-D