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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.
These interviews are the opinion of the interviewed Alumni and do not represent the views of Training for International Diplomats or the Federal Foreign Office. Training for International Diplomats and the Federal Foreign Office are not responsible for the content of these interviews.
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