A ‘Guajiro’ Named Molina

Pablo Molina, 66, speaks about what the term "guajiro" means to him. AMARIS CASTILLO/Bodega Stories

Pablo Molina, 66, speaks about what the term “guajiro” means to him.
AMARIS CASTILLO/Bodega Stories

Pablo Molina always wears a sombrero when out in public. As a self-described guajiro (a Cuban from the countryside), it’s a part of him. Molina’s looming figure towers over most at Orlando Latin Market, but his eyes are gentle. His smile is a warm welcome.

Guajiro es…” the 66-year-old began, his voice trailing off. “Nací en el campo, en una granja en el campo.”

The term guajiro, Molina said, means you grew up in the countryside. In his case, it means a childhood spent at a farm.

“All my life, I’ve used a sombrero… since I was a boy,” Molina said as he stood outside the market.

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