About Agrincala

Agrincala: Making cross-cultural relationships work.

Relationships are lovely.  They’re also tough.  When a relationship also happens to cut across different cultural lines, it can be even tougher.

Agrincala is a space (well, a virtual one) designed to speak to people who are in cross-cultural relationships, and more specifically those of a gringa-latino (or gringo-latina) nature and all they imply.

It all started when Juan and I were on our honeymoon in NYC.  We met up with some dear friends who also happen to be a gringa-and-latino couple.  Afterwards, we kept commenting how refreshing it was to speak with two individuals dealing with several of the same delights and difficulties, advantages and issues, involved in “this kind of relationship.”

Later, I realized that in reality I have SO MANY friends in this kind of relationship.  My husband mentioned we should form an association.  I thought, well how about a blog?  Thus started the Asocación de GRINgas CAsadas con LAtinos.   Agrincala.

Here’s an analogy.  ALL first-time parents can use some help, right?  But parents of twins have a whole extra set of specific concerns and needs, and so they often attend support groups with others in the same situation in order to provide help and receive advice.  Similarly, ALL young couples could stand to learn and grow.  Gringa-latino couples, though, face additional particular, unique issues.  So why don’t we talk about these more?  Collaborate more?  Share success stories or “best practices” more?  Share also sorrows or worries?  I think we would have a lot to gain if we did.  So, this is an association for you out there who could use and give some support.

I like the specific use of that word, “association.”  Kind of like a neighborhood club.  My vision is that this become a public space, a gathering place where people can truly associate.  That is, find community.  Because the gringa-latino relationship also offers particular, unique benefits and joys.  Tapping into these positives together, as well as exploring some uneasy troubles together, will benefit us all on our journeys toward more fulfilling relationships.  On the way, we’ll tap into all sorts of side stories, from cultural quirks to language queries, from yummy recipes to expat adventures and other tips.  It’ll be fun.  Buen camino!

4 Responses “About Agrincala” →
  1. I’m so glad I found this site!! I love my Colombian partner to bits and some contact with people in a similar situation would be great 🙂

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  2. Michelle

    May 6, 2013

    Great idea, Jenny! This will be especially useful as we move from country to country. It will be great to stay connected to folks in this dynamic!

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