In every smile, a greeting

Even his bad fortune, was received with a smile


En el mercado Xalapa, Veracruz, México
At the market           Xalapa, Veracruz, México

A smile would be more than enough to exchange a warm greeting between them. Right after, he would sit next to his father, and get ready to begin with, his chores and make the day worth its while.

En el paseo Paseo de la Reforma, Cdmex, México
Paisajes urbanos          Paseo de la Reforma, Cdmex, México

Later, when the moment for a break had finally arrived, they would then drink in the hot coffee’s warmth together, silently enjoying a moment of rest and their mutual company. Once refreshed, they quietly went back to their task of milking the family farm’s cows.

El guardián del bosque Bosque de Chapultepec, Cdmex, México
El guardián del bosque           Bosque de Chapultepec, Cdmex, México

Many more chores and events filled those peaceful days of his childhood. Yet. those special moments, in the pre-dawn hours, were still his favourite quiet times and most cherished memory. They remained in the deepest reaches of his soul, as the happiest days of his life.


 

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The shed in the mornings

In the tranquillity of his daily routine, he found a rhythm to life


El patio centro histórico de Püebla, Puebla, México
The courtyard           Historical Centre,Puebla, Puebla, México

He knew that his father was waiting for him to arrive. So, with a huge effort he quickly got out of his bed, leaving the cozy, warmth of his home behind and under the covers.

Vista del centro Puebla, Puebla, México
View of the downtown          Puebla, Puebla, México

Dressing as fast as possible and with his warmest clothes, he stepped out of the house. Outdoors, the freezing winds from the nearby glacial were blindly blowing.

La cúpula Puebla, Puebla, México
The dome           Puebla, Puebla, México

Still half-asleep, and a bit anguished, he would hurry till he reached the shelter of the cow shed, located to the side of the house. Moments later and once inside the stable, he would relish the familiar aromas and the warmth indoors, while he contemplated his father, who true to his custom, had arrived before him.


 

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The nostalgic flavours of home

And how many times when he woke, the only thing he desired, before getting up from his bed was… just a few moments more!


 

Los Nevados Parque central de Puebla, Puebla, México
Los Nevados           Central Park in Puebla, Puebla, Mexico

It was precisely in the strong aroma of his morning coffee, where Magnifico, even though many years had gone by , still tasted the nostalgic flavours of his beloved homeland. The deep black colours of his morning drink, reminded him of faraway times, when he was still young and now, forever gone.

 

Palacio de Gobierno Zócalo de Puebla, Puebla, México
Government House           Central Park in Puebla, Puebla, Mexico

When as a little boy, he would wake those mornings, during the dark hours of the fading night.

Mi viejo pueblito Zócalo de Puebla, Puebla, México
Mi viejo pueblito           Central Park in Puebla, Puebla, Mexico

He enjoyed a few  minutes more, in the warmth of the covers, with a total innocence of what the future might have in store, a naïve trust that only belongs to a child.


 

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The aromas of past times

In the memories brought back by his fresh morning coffee, he found himself once more


El balcón, Puebla, Pueba, México

The city walls           Puebla, Puebla, México


How he enjoyed his coffee those mornings, and particularly at that premature hour of the day, as it softly and gently transported him back to his innermost, intimate thoughts…

La esquina del sabor Puebla, Puebla, México
The corner of the flavours          Puebla, Puebla, México

a brief trip back to the landscapes of his childhood, nuanced by the deep green hues of the lush tropical growth of the coffee lands;

El guardián Puebla, Puebla, México
The lookout          Puebla, Puebla, México

perhaps, but a passing reverie, yet in the end, certainly substantial, for he travelled into those faraway golden moments of his childhood; the blessed lands, whose sun-filled light, were his first impression, as he arrived into this world.


 

 

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At his favourite time of the day

And so many years went by… that eventually, he forgot to keep track of them


La esquina Zócalo de Puebla, Puebla, México
The corner of the plaza           Puebla, Puebla, México

 

On Magnifico’s seventy-fifth birthday, life decided to plot a new course, as it steered unexpectedly away from his comfortable daily routine.

La fuente Puebla, Puebla, México
The fountain         Puebla, Puebla, México

 

Like any other day in his long life, it had begun before sunrise, in those soft, gentle early hours of the morning.

El patio
The patio           Puebla, Puebla, México

Without doubt, he considered these waking moments, his favourite time in the day.


 

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A seed in fertile soil

And when he discovered… that from the tiny little seed, in a most mysterious and possibly, even magical way, a robust plant had grown; then, the miracle amazed him, and he sighed, feeling both satisfied, as well as, fulfilled in his life 


Caminando por el barranco Barranco, Lima. Perú
Walking Barranco           Barranco, Lima. Perú

The younger sister, Mariana, was exceptionally receptive. They took advantage of a big tree on the farm. and when they finally built a trapeze, Magnífico himself, was totally amazed by her capacity to learn.

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The seed was sown in fertile land, for together with the technical aspects of the scenic arts, Magnifico would talk to them about that mysterious and alluring world of the circus.

El periódico Puebla, Puebla, México
El periódico Puebla, Puebla, México

As time went by, from what had once been but a little seed, a plant began to grow. Following Magnifico’s initiative, the sisters collaborated with him to help set up The Magnificent Circus of the Marroqui Sisters, an open-air circus without a tent, but overflowing with character and a lively spirts. So began, their presentations at the family farm to which the neighbours would flock enthusiastically, from all over the surrounding region.


 

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The farmer of abilities

In this world. though we can’t take anything with us, we can leave part of ourselves behind


 

El balcón Puebla, Puebla, México
Balcony          Puebla, Puebla, México

He never imagined that on his return he would come back as a farmer, to plant his surprising abilities in the fertile lands of the Snow-capped Park.

La vía de las bicis Puebla, Puebla, México
The bike’s lane          Puebla, Puebla, México

And more concretely, in the two girls that lived next door to his house.

Las torres de la iglesia Puebla, Puebla, México
Church towers          Puebla, Puebla, México

In the girl’s spare time, he enjoyed transmitting all those techniques that he massed during his long life with the circus.


 

 

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Walking the tightrope of life

Though he lived in the heights, he never could reach, his soaring personal ambitions 


Bajo el sol calles de Puebla, Puebla, México
The Angels Store          in Puebla, Puebla, México

He became a part of the circus family. A few years later, he manifested himself as a prodigy in the arts of the jugglers. Gradually, he extended his abilities to the tightrope, and eventually, he became the star of the flying trapeze.

Luces y sombras calles de Puebla, Puebla, México
Lights and shadows           Puebla’s Streets, Puebla, México

After a long life in the show business, and as a consequence of a fall from which he never completely recovered, a day he went back to Colombia, with plans of being laid to rest under the sun on his native land.

Las calles del centro Puebla, Puebla, México
Downtown Streets          Puebla, Puebla, México

Casually, or because of fate, he arrived at the village where the Marroqui sisters lived, and he became their neighbour.


 

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Magnifico and fate

And who can proclaim that upon waking; he knows what lies ahead and what the new day will bring


 

Puntos de vista Xalapa. Veracruz, México
Points of view           Xalapa. Veracruz, México

The walkways of Fate are complex and it is difficult to realize the direction they hold.

Órale güero calles del centro de Xalapa, Veracruz, México
Órale güero           Xalapa’s downtown streets, Veracruz, México

So it was for the Marroqui sisters, who never imagined the profound impact of the new arrival to the village where they lived. He was a seventy-year old man, and his name was Magnifico.

Los ángeles Catedral de Puebla, Puebla, México
The angels            Puebla’s Cathedral, Puebla, México

When he was only just ten years of age, Magnifico was orphaned. Encountering a travelling circus, he found himself a job and also, the possibility of a new family.


 

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Talking with the herd

Surprising, how when she was born, she talked through her eyes


El callejón Calles de Xalapa, Veracruz, México
Alleyways           Xalapa’s streets, Veracruz, México

It could be that he passed on that passion of his for the horses to Carito, or that she, had the gift since her childbirth.

Palmas para el domingo catedral de Xalapa, Veracruz, México
Sunday palms            Xalapa’s Cathedral, Veracruz, México

Meanwhile, at school, she was taught the correct grammatical rules for proper conversation with her peers, but at the farm, she learned how to talk to the horses on her own. Later on, these abilities would introduce new possibilities in the walkways of her life.

Escaleras de la calle Centro de Xalapa, Veracruz, México
The street’s stairs          Downtown Xalapa, Veracruz, México

Definitely, Carito’s natural gift was surprising. Before she was eight years old, she could maintain a complete conversation with any of the horses at the ranch. But she didn’t stop there. Insomuch as her interaction with them, she learned to handle herself, within their complex social roles, finally integrating herself as one more in the herd.


 

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