Coca Cola and Coco Frio.

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Way of life

Culture is something that identifies us, which tells us who we are or where we come from. There're different cultures in the world, people come from different backgrounds, which they mix and interact. In many occasions the mix of cultures can bring discontent or happiness to each individual. "Coca-Cola and Coco Frio" talks about a boy who goes to Puerto Rico looking for something new, something that he had never seen or tasted before, Puerto Rican Culture. However, he founds that the people of this island is losing their own culture by adapting another one.

The poem begins when the boy apparently first introduce to a different culture, to a different country, Puerto Rico. However, the boy is award with a culture that he already knows or at least a part of it - in this case Coca Cola. The poem tells us that he is from Brooklyn.

Therefore, we can easily assume that he is not amaze by the welcome he's receiving; at least not by the method or way to calm his thirst. Every boy love surprises, the unknown, the unpredictable, things that forces their mind and mostly that bring happy outcomes. However, his disappointment is augmented. For instance, after receiving the soda his discontent is preserved by his aunt who sings a jingle in a different language.

A good example is showed in the poem "...a fat boy wandered// from table to table// with his mouth open. At every table, some great-aunt// would steer him with cool spotted hands// to a glass of Coca-Cola". It is very clear that the boy is unhappy with his first impression of the island. It appears that at this same moment the boy just will rather go back home since there is no new event or...