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Full name: Constanza Lucía Sánchez Gómez
Country of work (post): Cuba
Institution: Embassy of Colombia in Havana
Position: Second Secretary
Course taken at Training for International Diplomats: 3rd International Training Course for Diplomats from Latinamerica and the Caribbean, 2008.
Tell us about a pleasant work memory you have.
Arriving in Cuba was quite an experience. Even though we speak the same language, it was a radical change in terms of culture, customs, political system, climate, etc. Even products at the stores were so different… I have never seen them before and there were few Colombian products.
Soon after arriving, I was put in charge of commercial matters. Due to multiple factors, achievements are not spectacular but, when I find a Colombian product on a shelf, and know some way or another I was involved, I feel satisfied.
I have to say: when is food, I also feel homesick -and happy- at the same time. I suppose that’s why I enjoy it, too.
If you hadn’t followed this career, what other profession could you see yourself in and why?
I see myself in the field of arts, specially literature or theater. I believe art is a quest for what is essential and true. I conceive it as a very legitimate mean to extract what is best of human being and to inspire it. Art is my great passion, I see myself in it. It is a language itself and a pure one. Thus, I think this language could walk hand in hand with diplomacy, as it may have a very important transformation power. I believe in big utopias and believe they are not. As John Lennon would say: “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one”.
How do you think our alumni network could serve your purposes better?
By creating relaxed scenarios to discuss ideas related to what I said before.
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