Introduce yourself, please.
My name is Ximena Ojeda and I’m originally from Bogotá, the capital of Colombia. I was a classical ballerina most of my life, but now I publish a guide to world-class culture in Manhattan with an Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Latin American heritage.
Tell us about Colombia and how it’s different from the US?
The best part of Colombia is its people. We are happy, family-oriented, coffee lovers, who are crazy about soccer and proud of the regional variety in our country.
New York Latin Culture – can you tell us what that is about?
New York Latin Culture™ is New York’s guide to world-class culture in Manhattan with an Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Latin American heritage. We cover art, music, dance, theatre, film, fashion, food and sports. The guide is distributed through over 200 of Manhattan’s luxury residences, private clubs, five-star hotels, art galleries, fashion boutiques, consulates and cultural institutions.
When did you start New York Latin Culture? What is your mission?
New York Latin Culture started in 2010 with the goal of finding and promoting the best of Latin culture to all Americans.
How long have you been in New York for?
I moved to New York City in 2000.
Describe the Latin Culture? What are your favorite things about it?
Our definition of Latin culture is with an Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Latin American heritage. Latin people come from all races, religions and corners of the earth.
Family and friends are the most important things in life for Latin people. Culture comes right after that. And we like to talk…a lot.
Can you tell us your favorite things about Colombia? What should people see if they are visiting?
The geography of Colombia on the northern coasts and spine of South America creates a diverse country that has retained its regional cultures even today. So if you visit Colombia you have to go all over to the Atlantic Coast, the Pacific Coast, the mountains of Bogotá, high desert and the Amazon jungle. Each part has a unique geography and culture.
What kind of food, culture does Colombia have?
We have so many regions that it is impossible to pick one as the typical Colombian food. Many Colombians are good artists, musicians and dancers. We have our own style of Colombian Salsa.
When you aren’t working, what do you like to do for fun in New York? Outside of New York?
I still love to dance and train several times a week.
How did you find out about EuroCircle? How long have you been a member? What other groups are you a member of?
I don’t remember, but I discuss culture with hundreds of New Yorkers every month so EuroCircle came up somewhere in that. I just joined recently, but I’m impressed with the quality of the people in EuroCircle and how friendly everyone is.
How can our members find out more New York Latin Culture?
Connect with Ximena Ojeda and New York Latin Culture:
Google +: http://www.Google.com/+NewYorkLatinCulture