If you want to know all about Ronny Turiaf, we must first start with where I come from. I was born in Le Robert on the French island of Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean Sea. Martinique is one of twenty-six regions of France and is a part of the European Union. The official language of Martinique is French, though many inhabitants speak Antillean Creole ( I speak both languages fluently). Life in Martinique is quite different from life in the United States. The lifestyle is definitely slower paced and there aren’t many big cars unlike here in the United States. On the other hand, there are some reminders of home here in the Bay Area such as the terrible traffic and McDonalds. Despite these subtle reminders of home, nothing can replace my memories of life in the Caribbean. One of my favorite childhood memories is our annual family camping trip with my sister Elodie, my Dad, Uncle and cousins. We would go to the most amazing beach in Martinique called Cap Chevalier and spend an entire month camping. I loved going fishing for the daily food and hand picking the fruits and vegetables to eat. Those memories are some of the happiest moments of my life. The one thing I miss the most about life in Martinique is my family. I am very family oriented and we always made sure we gathered together as a family for meals. It’s funny how something as simple as a family dinner could turn in one of my fondest childhood memories. And then there’s my favorite dessert, the famous coconut cake! Man I miss it. Every Christmas I have my family send me some delicious coconut cake, but it sure doesn’t last long once it gets to me. As you can see, my roots are very important to me, they have made me who I am today and I’m glad I am able to share that side of myself with you.