The power of onions

Chapter 1… My poor broken down worlds

Calles de Granada Centro Histórico, Granada, Nicaragua
Granada’s streets                    Historical Centre, Granada, Nicaragua

“That… this is your boarding pass, kiddo. Listen carefully and then keep it to yourself. Tomorrow, go to school as if nothing were happening. Wait around for half an hour, and then discreetly, place half an onion in each of your armpits. Leave them there for around ten minutes, give or take. Then when you’ve worked up a fever, get up slowly, walk to the teacher and tell her that you’re not feeling good. Don’t forget to wear your best I’m about to die and gonna faint face. I’ll be at home, waiting for the call from school, I’ll tell them, that it’s no bother at all to pick you up there and take you to the doctor. Then we walk away and… we’re off to see the Wizard! I know these fishermen in Moyogalpa that know how to make these shrimps taste so good, that’ll really make you faint! “

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Le petit Bonbon

On occasions, sweetening life may turn out to be too expensive

La plaza de armas ciudad de Cusco, Cusco, Perú
The Plaza de Armas
Historical Centre, Cusco, Perú

Precisely a block away, there was a candy store. This fine and quite popular establishment was known by the name of Le Petite Bonbon. The name of the shop was carved together with a brightly coloured representation of the sweet on a wooden sign. To Felicia, it seemed exactly what could be designated as the epitome of Paradise, a concept very closely described by the nuns at school during catechism.

Portal Centro Histórico, Cusco, Perú
Historical Centre, Cusco, Peru

In that well renown and high-priced shop, one could find all sorts of candies, chocolates, a wide variety of tarts with an assortment of rich fillings, as well as all these many-varied options to satisfy the most sugar-crazed palate, prone to enjoying the bounties of the sweet side of life.

La entrada Centro Histórico, Cusco, Perú
The entrance
Historical Centre, Cusco, Peru

Felicia, taking advantage of a moment in which her absence would not be noticed, went out to the street and quickly directed herself to the candy shop. With that small tiny little coin, Felicia found that she could buy this impressive amount of candies, in a wide range of colours, and of course, of fine sweet flavours. They offered honey, mint, wine and chocolate filled delights… ultimately, a treasure of sweetness for the young child.

She retraced her steps home, carrying her precious cargo, and she deftly managed to climb the stairs to the second floor and reach her room without any of the grownups any bit wiser to her brief absence.

El arco Centro Histórico, Cusco, Perú
The arch
Historical Centre, Cusco, Perú


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