The quest

Quiet conversation    historical centre, Quito, Ecuador
Quiet conversation              Historical centre, Quito, Ecuador

 

“I’ll tell you that it’s curious that you ask. It’s curious because I was precisely thinking about the subject just before coming in and beginning to chat with you.


Going home  Lake  Titicaca, Copacabana, Prov. Manco Kapac, Bolivia
Going home                 Lake Titicaca, Copacabana, Prov. Manco Kapac, Bolivia

 

The thing is… deep down inside, I believe that all these travels have been motivated by a quest.” Doña Eudalia had gotten up from her chair. She was now standing, supporting her weight with her hands on the table, carefully listening to the stranger.


 

 

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The most beautiful thing

The mirror  Beaches at Uvita, Peninsula de Osa, Costa Rica
The mirror                  Beaches at Uvita, Peninsula de Osa, Costa Rica

 

“The most beautiful thing I have seen?”


Symbiosis    Manizales, Caldas, Colombia
Symbiosis               Manizales, Caldas, Colombia

 

For a moment, he was thoughtful, carefully considering the question.


Historical centre  city streets, Ibarra, Imbabura, Ecuador
Historical centre               city streets, Ibarra, Imbabura, Ecuador

 

His gaze stayed fixed to a photograph of the town’s church; it had been shot from the park, on a cloudless day with clear blue skies, and Simón had hung it next to the urinal in the corner.


 

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Doña Eudalia’s diner

The street    Santa Ana City, Santa Ana, El Salvador
The street                  Santa Ana City, Santa Ana, El Salvador

 

The hungry passengers descended to hastily swallow the hot soups and dishes that were hurriedly served by Doña Eudalia’s aseptic white uniformed waitresses,


The diner    Santa Ana City, Santa Ana, El Salvador
The diner                  Santa Ana City, Santa Ana, El Salvador

 

while she from her post behind the cash register, was on top of each detail, as she charged the meals and the entry to the toilet facilities.


The chicha place      Tacuba, El Salvador
The chicha break                Tacuba, El Salvador

The chicha spot        Tacuba, El Salvador
The chicha spot                        Tacuba, El Salvador

 

 

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Doña Eudalia

The Chivas        Yarumal's Main Street, Antioquia, Colombia
The Chivas                   Yarumal’s Main Street, Antioquia, Colombia

 

And that was precisely Doña Eudalia, no more, no less.


The Mazate to Huehue          Mazatewnango, Suchitepéquez, Guatemala
The Mazate to Huehue               Mazatewnango, Suchitepéquez, Guatemala

 

She was entrenched in a table next to her uniformed assistants


Huehue to Concepción  Cuatro Caminos, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Huehue to Concepción Cuatro Caminos, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

 

(the buses, travelling daily from the distant border, would stop for a half hour in front of her diner, a block and a half behind the town’s church and next to the street lamppost.


Bus to the Mexican Border   La Mesilla, Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Bus to the Mexican Border La Mesilla, Huehuetenango, Guatemala

 

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A pause

The street Neria, Caldas, Colombia
The street       Neria, Caldas, Colombia

It seemed that the outsider had an insatiable and voracious thirst that lay on the brink of becoming bottomless, for he grabbed the bottle of moonshine, and quickly, he proceeded to pour himself another shot. Simon placed more orange slices on a clean, new plastic plate, placing it in front of the foreigner, with a fresh cold beer on the side.


The climb                 Ciudad Bolivar, Bogotá, Colombia

While the stranger slowly enjoyed his shot, a voice was clearly heard in the prevailing silence.


Dawn           San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

 

It came from a table towards the back of the pub. The foreigner relished his drink, peacefully nursing it, while all present turned to face the interlocutor.


 

Excerpt from “The treasure” in the book, Searching for treasures.

 

Photos:

The street                 Neira, Caldas, Colombia

The slope                 Ciudad Bolivar, Bogotá, Colombia

Dawn                        San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico


 

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