About borders

  “Right now, and at the moment, I have just arrived from the border,” he, thoughtfully, began to reply, “which I’m sure many people will truly believe to be quite far away, but still, on this occasion and in my own personal opinion, I have found it to actually be close by.”


Frontera Argentina/Bolivia La Quiaca, Jujuy, Argentina
The Argentina and Bolivia border
La Quiaca, Jujuy, Argentina   Villazón, Potosí, Bolivia

“I’ll tell you something that you may, or may not, be aware of. In my travels, I have crossed many borders, and they all have turned out to be strikingly different from each other. Some of these borders, I’ve crossed on wide highways, comfortably sitting with my legs crossed, passing from one country to the other without even getting off the vehicle. On other occasions, I have had to walk through them, to first leave a country and then to enter the next. What’s more, I’ve had to carry my belongings on my shoulder, and having crossed the border, still had to search for some means to continue onwards.”

Frontera Argentina con Bolivia La Quiaca, Jujuy, Argentina Villazón, Potosí, Bolivia
The Argentina and Bolivia border
La Quiaca, Jujuy, Argentina Villazón, Potosí, Bolivia

 “In many borders, and I can happily include most of them; I have found kind, sympathetic and welcoming people. They have treated me kindly and well. Occasionally, however, and I am lucky to say that only on a few occasions; I have been received by mean, wicked, and terrible people that have almost made me cry from the anguish they generated deep within me, and left me feeling utterly desperate and anxious to keep on going my own way, leaving everything else behind.”

Aduana Villazón, Potosí, Bolivia
Customs office
Villazón, Potosí, Bolivia

 “In some cases, I’ve crossed the border without even realizing that I had changed the country. On other occasions, I couldn’t understand why they told me I had changed to a different country: because, everything felt and looked exactly the same, but this… has only happened in just a few instances.” He answered with a clear, measured voice; afterwards, he proceeded to enjoy his moonshine.

Frontera Argentina con Bolivia La Quiaca, Jujuy, Argentina Villazón, Potosí, Bolivia
The Argentina and Bolivia border
La Quiaca, Jujuy, Argentina Villazón, Potosí, Bolivia

 

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The sunsets

My mother used to say that the world is full of opportunities and you have to go after them, you know? 


Naturaleza muerta Huacachina, Ica, Perú
Still life           Huacachina Desert, Ica, Perú

—Of the landscapes, I have seen them all.

Sol sobre la costa Miraflores, Lima, Perú
Sun over the coast          Miraflores, Lima, Perú

The sunsets, when the sun gives in to the night and all the surroundings are bathed in multi-coloured light. From the mountains and from the coastal plains.

From the steppes and the tundras, where the seas of grasses grow, and where the pine trees climb to soaring heights. The lands of the tropical ceiba trees, or the deserts with their fine sandy dunes, where, as you walk, you may encounter the palm trees and take shelter yourself from that all embracing sun that devours everything in its path.  

La cúspide Huacachina, Ica, Perú
The summit           Huacachina Desert, Ica, Perú

 Perhaps, en lesser occasions, but I have equally contemplated the dawns… when the world is only a whispered promise

Atardecer de desierto Carretera a Ica, Ica, Perú
Dawn in the desert           Highway to Ica City, Ica, Perú

 

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The most beautiful thing in the world

El taller Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The workshop          Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

“You will find that the Universe is there, present, and right before your eyes.

La terraza La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The terrace           La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

You will experiment the magic of life, enclosed in her smile,


En el jardín Jardín Botánico, Buenos Aires, Argentina
At the garden           Jardín Botánico, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

and maybe like myself, you will not want to miss that Treasure, which represents the Utmost Beauty I have found in all my wanderings…”

 

“That smile, my Dearest Lady, is the most the most wonderful thing in this world!”


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And when she smiles

Calle de la Reconquista ciudad autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Reconquista Street           Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

 

In this address that I’ve written down here, go in and ask for María.


La vía del ferrocarril ciudad autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Railroad tracks           Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Say hello to her, on my behalf

Fragata La Libertad puerto de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fragata La Libertad         Port Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

and you shall see that when she smiles everything is transformed.


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In the calm morning hours

Sobrevuelo ciudad autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hovering            Buenos Aires Autonomous City, Argentina

 

Board a plane towards the south and keep on going until you arrive to the city of Buenos Aires,


El puerto ciudad autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
The port            Buenos Aires Autonomous City, Argentina

 

preferably in the calm morning hours.

Un día en la dársena ciudad autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
A morning at the docks         Buenos Aires Autonomous City, Argentina

But not necessarily, maybe this part is just sentimental.


 

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Southward bound

Vista a Medellín ciudad de Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
Just a view           Medellín City , Antioquia, Colombia

 

 

(¡Hurrays and general applause from the public)


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The city wakes up          Medellín City, Antioquia, Colombia


 

“Take this bus to the Capital


Barrio de Medellín ciudad de Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
Just a neighborhood          Medellín City, Antioquia, Colombia

 

and from there to the airport”


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In search of new horizons

Por siempre, amigos Neira, Caldas, Colombia
Forever friends           Neira, Caldas, Colombia

 

“Listen up everybody: for anyone that’s feeling quite bold,


Vista desde el parque Filadelfia, Caldas, Colombia

Seen from the park          Filadelfia, Caldas, Colombia


and is also interested, expressing the drive and determination to go forth in pursuit of new horizons;


De regreso a casa Riosucio, Caldas, Colombia
On the way home         Riosucio, Caldas, Colombia

 

 in just a few hours, they will achieve what has taken me a lifetime.”


 

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What the treasure is

El segundo tomo de Cuentos cortos de un largo viaje
The Second Volume of the series Cuentos Cortos de un largo viaje (Short stories of a long journey)

Thanks to your patience, happily starting the 31st of January,  the second volume of the series, Cuentos cortos de un largo viaje, will be available:

 Buscando tesoros

Andares por caminos colombianos


meanwhile let´s keep following The treasure to the end…


El árbol Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
The tree           Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

“That I can’t leave without telling you which is the treasure?


Atardecer en Boyacá Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
Sunset in Boyacá           Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

 

My dear gentlemen and my most dear ladies:  I’ll share this with you with utmost pleasure, and if we concur on our way of seeing it, and if we also agree that it constitutes The Most Beautiful and Wondrous thing in the World, the Best and most Wonderful treasure,


Domingo en la plaza Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
Sunday at the plaza          Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

 

and if not, well that’s also alright and we are well met.”


 

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A good night and an excellent life

Entrada Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
Doorstep            Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

 

I wish all of you present here tonight, may you have a good night, and also, an excellent life.


Los jarrones Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
The juggs          Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

 

In light of the happy booing and the loud general complaints, widely manifested by the concerted voices of the crowd;


La bicicleta Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
The bicycle         Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

he smiled placidly as he showed himself to be satisfied and in an excellent mood; turning he said:


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the ten o’clock bus

Chocolateria Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
Chocolate store          Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

“And I have to go;

Fachada en blanco Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
White façade          Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

 

because, I leave on the ten o’clock bus to the Capital, for tomorrow,

 


La esquina Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
The corner           Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

and I must be at the airport to board a plane that will take me to the destination; I have told you that I discovered.”


 

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