A little girl of many worlds

For her, every book was but a window that opened to a new world , waiting to be explored


El Ángel de la Independencia Ciudad de México, CDMX, México
The Inbdependence Angel           Ciudad de México, CDMX, México

From the heights, he encountered on his path, Magnifico carefully observed every single detail that made up his world and perfectly at ease in its midst.

Paseo de la Reforma Ciudad de México, CDMX, México
Reforma Boulevard         Ciudad de México, CDMX, México

Meanwhile, Camila lived in her own world, and she enjoyed it with an intense passion very much her own, for… she led her life in her own way, and hers, was a very peculiar way to live.

In contrast with Magnifico, who couldn’t, for the life of himself, find a way to get out of bed early, Camila would get up very early in the mornings, since she was a little girl, many years before. At home, she was responsible for taking care of a multitude of tasks before the clock struck six.

Crepúsculo Ciudad de México, CDMX, México
Dusk          Ciudad de México, CDMX, México

That, was precisely the moment in which she would start the long walk to the little country school in the village. And Camila, was always on time and would arrive a little before eight.

La Diana Cazadora Ciudad de México, CDMX, México
 Diana The Huntress          Ciudad de México, CDMX, México

 

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A well-centred little boy

And when the child talked, the grownups listened attentively…


Día de La Candelaria Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
Candelaria Festivity           Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

In a similar manner, Magnifico would comment on the necessity of wearing warm clothes and bundling up to protect oneself during the long hours of the coming night. Quietly and without further thought, he pointed out that at dawn the cold would be a bit intense.

Día de La Candelaria Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
Candelaria Festivity            Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

And effectively, things happened as he had predicted them to be. To Magnifico, this seemed the most natural thing in the world and held no surprises for him, for in his mind, there were no other possibilities. It was as easy as that and simply held nothing more to wonder about.

Día de La Candelaria Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
Candelaria Festivity           Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia 

In the beginning, his father was surprised and a bit confused by most of these remarks. But gradually, little by little, he learned to listen to his son, as he talked about the climate of the place and time of things. As time went by, he realized that Magnifico was never off the mark.

Día de La Candelaria Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
Candelaria Festivity          Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

 

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In the matters of weather

And who, upon awakening, can unequivocally say… what the day will bring?


Avenida Reforma Ciudad de México, DF, México
Reforma Boulevard         Mexico City, DF, Mexico

As it happened, even before he had reached his seventh tender year of bucolic life, that surprising country boy had compiled an extensive abundance of skills to interpret his passage through the world.

Calles del centro histórico Ciudad de México, DF, México
Historical Centre streets          Mexico City, DF, Mexico

This prosperity of multiple possibilities that he held on how to perceive his surroundings, lead way beyond merely detecting the hour of the day or his particular location at the moment, for he reached even further still to empathise with the fluctuating environment and predict its continuous changes.

Calles de Polanco Ciudad de Mexico, DF, Mexico
Streets in Polanco          Mexico City, DF, Mexico

Consequently, and in the most natural way, he predicted the variability of the prevailing climate with an unequivocal precision. Thus, he would comment with utmost ease, on the impending necessity of gathering (and, better hurry it up, Ma!) the clothes that had just been washed a little earlier and were hanging out to dry in the sun, for in his unerring opinion, the rains were gathering and it would soon downpour. This he casually affirmed, even though the sun was shining strong in the midst of a clear blue sky.

Fuente de Pemex Ciudad de México, DF, México
Pemex Fountain         Mexico City, DF, Mexico

 

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Awareness of the moment

I believe that unlike other people, I have never lost myself and have always known where I can be found. In fact I find it hard to believe, and very much so, that somebody could actually lose himself.

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La pulquería Colonia Roma, Ciudad de México, México
The pulque bar           Colonia Roma, Mexico City, Mexico

By the birds as they sang, based on the tiny variations of the climate at dawn, as during the mornings, afternoons, or later at night, Magnifico would always find his bearings and adequately resolve the time of the day.

Fachadas Colonia Roma, Ciudad de México, México
Facades          Colonia Roma, Mexico City, Mexico

He detected variations in humidity and the ambient temperature, adjusting his inner clock perfectly and with an unsurpassable exactness.

La esquina Colonia Roma, Ciudad de México, México
The corner           Colonia Roma, Mexico City, Mexico

The shadows, their length and orientation, minute changes in the vegetation and in the animal life, the power of the brooks and the streamlets, and the variations in the diverse landscapes of his world were among so many references that made up his inner record of time’s passing.

Avenida Alvaro Obregón Colonia Roma, Ciudad de México, México
 Alvaro Obregón Avenue           Colonia Roma, Mexico City, Mexico

 

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Sense of direction

He always knew the where and the when of any place he found himself in


La Plazoleta Loja, Loja, Ecuador
The Plaza         Loja, Loja, Ecuador

That was how, among other things, he learned to measure time.

La Ventana Vilcabamba, Loja, Ecuador
A Window           Vilcabamba, Loja, Ecuador

He could determine it accurately and with unbelievable precision, just by observing the wealth of tiny details surrounding him.

Flor urbana Loja, Loja, Ecuador
Urban flower          Loja, Loja, Ecuador

These talked to him about the time of the day at any given moment. Coupled with that natural sense of orientation he was born with, he could always tell the exact where and when of any place he found himself in, at any given moment, never feeling lost in the world.

Río Malacatos Loja, Loja, Ecuador
Malacatos River          Loja, Loja, Ecuador

 

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Life’s lessons

The best lessons of his life, were outside of the classroom


El Artesano Loja, Loja, Ecuador
El Artesano Store           Loja, Loja, Ecuador

So, as it happened, his father spared no effort in transmitting his vast experience to his young son.

El balcón Loja, Loja, Ecuador
The balcony           Loja, Loja, Ecuador

He didn’t limit his teaching to matters concerning the farm, but went further still, trying to explain the world that surrounded them, communicating a wealth of knowledge he had accumulated throughout so many years.

La boutique Loja, Loja, Ecuador
The boutique           Loja, Loja, Ecuador

Magnifico displayed a frank and open curiosity about every little detail they discussed. The child seemed to assimilate it all instantly and with an extraordinary ease.

La zapatería Loja, Loja, Ecuador
La shoe shop          Loja, Loja, Ecuador

 

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Plans and dreams

Without dreams, flight becomes an impossibility


Calle General Torres Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador
General Torres Street           Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador

Nothing could be further from the truth and especially from his dreams and the grand plans towards the future, carefully stored in the hopes and the mind of the child… For him, life was perfect and clearly defined. 

Cúpula de la Catedral Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador
The Cathedral          Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador

For him, life was perfect and clearly defined. In a very simple and straightforward way, he conceived his mission in life as the task of learning all there was to learn about the farm. He would gradually transform it, until finally converting it into an important dairy industry.

La Calle Simón Bolivar Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador
 Simón Bolivar Street          Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador

With Camila by his side and together with his parents, they would keep on growing, to finally become one of largest and most important farms in the state of Tolima.

Esperando la lluvia Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador
Waiting for the rains           Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador

 

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What comes around…goes around

He never did plant what he wouldn’t wouldn’t serve at his own table


Después de las lluvias Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador
After the rains          Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador

“I agree, Camila. It’s too bad, but I think you have a point there. I also felt she was on the point of tears and very scared. It’s just very silly. She should know she’ll never lose me.”

“The way I see it, my Dad clearly understands what’s happening, don’t you think?”

Portal del parque Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador
A portal in the park          Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador

“Yes, sir, your Dad is a sharp man!”

“Look, do me a favour. If we have kids and all that… and you see me going through that kind of a situation, just punch me a few times ‘till I come out of it!”

Carrito de frutas Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador
The fruit cart         Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador

“Oh, no you don’t, Camila. No way. So sorry, my dear, but that’s a favour I can’t and won’t do for you”

“Why’s that, I’m asking you to”

“Yeah, but I know you too well, and you’d probably punch me right back!”

Calle General Torres Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador
General Torres Street           Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador

 

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Abandoned nests

Though the nest may be so comfortable, it is hopelessly left behind, in the moment when wings reach out for flight…


Confluencia Tena, Napo, Ecuador
Confluence         Tena, Napo, Ecuador

Camila was the first to break the silence. Her voice reflected a meditative state of mind.

“You know something?”

Atardecer en el río Tena, Napo, Ecuador
Sunset in the river           Tena, Napo, Ecuador

“Excuse me?” was Magnifico’s reply. He was also lost in his own thoughts.


Vista de Tena Tena, Napo, Ecuador
City view          Tena, Napo, Ecuador

“It seems it was easier than I thought. But, I must admit that I feel sorry for your folks. The way I see it, your mom is terribly worried. And I’ll tell you another thing, she’s scared because she feels we won’t be kids for much longer and she won’t be needed soon. She frightened thinking that the day will come when you leave her to go with me. Actually, she believes she’s is going to lose you…”

Volcán Sangay al atardecer Macas, Morona-Santiago, Ecuador
Sangay volcano at dusk         Macas, Morona-Santiago, Ecuador

 

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The trials of growing up

A new life is invariably begins with labor pains


Las calles Tena, Provincia de Napo, Ecuador
The streets in Amazonia         Tena, Napo Province, Ecuador

Outside, holding hands and deeply pensive, Magnifico and Camila walked. Without having heard the conversation between the parents, they too were totally engrossed in their own reflections concerning the morning’s events.

Sombras en el puente Tena, Provincia de Napo, Ecuador
Lights on the bridge           Tena, Napo Province, Ecuador

Juana, the shepherd, if only in performing her job, though not by breeding, was attentively watching the mischievous goats and insuring that they didn’t stray on their own, bringing them back to follow the path with an occasional bark or a nip.

Encuentro de culturas Tena, Provincia de Napo, Ecuador
Cultural clash           Tena, Napo Province, Ecuador

 The sun was warming the morning up , dissipating the cold weather from the night before. The kids were so engrossed in their thoughts that they never noticed how beautiful the morning was.

Mediodía en el río Misahuallí, Provincia de Napo, Ecuador
Noon at the river          Misahuallí, Napo Province, Ecuador

 

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