of the women

Mother and daughters Las Flores Market, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Mother and daughters Las Flores Market, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

 

I have seen many colours of women.


The Jujyeña Streets in Humahuaca, Jujuy, Argentina
The Jujyeña Streets in Humahuaca, Jujuy, Argentina

 

Wearing dark black faces and while others have white faces. With very beautiful features to easily admire and features that take away your sleep at nights. I’ve seen how they dedicate their lives to so many and diverse things: some cultivate flowers and others cultivate men. Sad women and smiling women. Some of them because of so much money, and some because they don’t have any.

 


At the market Ocotlán, Oaxaca, Mexico
At the market Ocotlán, Oaxaca, Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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I have seen the women

Chiapas women San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas
Chiapas women San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas

I have seen many colours of women

Contempation San Gil, Santander, Colombia

 

I have seen lands where they like to grow immensely fat and heavy as they accumulate a wealth of pounds to their body through years of heavy eating.  I’ve also seen them so slender and so skinny that it would appear the food does not get to those lands, much less to their stomachs…


At the lake Lake Titicaca, Copacabana, Bolivia
At the lake Lake Titicaca, Copacabana, Bolivia

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Silence in the saloon

Balconies at the Plaza de Armas Arequipa, Peru
Balconies at the Plaza de Armas Arequipa, Peru

 

The foreigner was momentarily thoughtful as he stood, gathering his thoughts, while slowly sipping his beer. More than half of the night’s gathering had stood from their tables, gathering in a half circle around the bar, also quiet and pensive, as they noiselessly observed the traveler.


 

Oaxaqueño huipil dresses Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico

The priest had already installed himself on one of the stools at the counter, while Simon had bought him a plate with more orange wedges and carefully refilling his drink.


 

The balconies of the Plaza the armas Arequipa, Perú

 

Amongst the crowd, in one of those moments in the prevailing silence, as it happens sometimes, a voice was distinctly heard asking what the women of those faraway lands could possibly look like. Smiling, the stranger continued after having finished his drink.


 

At the balcony Arequipa, Peru
Zumbagua women Pujilí, Cotopaxi, Ecuador

 

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of the smiles and of the laughter

Of the affairs of men I’ve seen more than my share:


In the streets

 

I have seen them laugh with cinnamon faces or skins so fair that you can see through them

 

The smiles, Baños, Turunhagua, Ecuador

 

I have heard them shout and cry in unpronounceable languages, over such matters that I found even more difficult to understand

The fisherman Poneloya, Leon, Nicaragua

 

 

The red nappers Poneloya, Leon, Nicaragua

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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About where they carry their dead

The fiestas Uquía, Jujuy, Argentina

“Of things of men, I’ve seen more than my share, their houses and their customs, and in the way they dress or not dress at all.”

Reflective moment Momostenango, Totonicapán, Guatemala
Zamora’s church Zamora, Loja, Ecuador

 


 

 

“Of their churches and the things that they believe that they contain. Where they take their dead and the ways they say farewell, and also about what they say happens to them when they have stopped talking and breathing”


 

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about the things of men

In open air           Santander street, Manizales City, Caldas Colombia

The note Market Street at La Paz City, La Paz, Bolivia

 

These last words caused a general sigh that spread through the bar, followed by an avalanche of comments. Meanwhile, Simon, the bartender, refilled his moonshine shot glass, without stopping to ask hin before. They all watches as he drank it in on go before he continued.

 

Taking in some sun Plaza de Armas, Huancayo City, Junín, Perú
Ten hut! City Hall San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

 

“Of things of men, I’ve seen more than my share, their houses and their customs, and in the way they dress or not dress at all.”


 

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about the climates

The Magdalena River, Honda, Tolima, Colombia

 

“I’ve been through these places with really hot climates, the tropical kind, where there’s just so many insects and of all sorts,” he talked while he turned to face everyone. “I’ve seen all kinds of spiders; some with all these colours and some just so plain. Harmless spiders and terribly poisonous ones too, some of them so tiny, and other so big and all the sizes in between. Snakes with attractive designs and so colourful patterns  that they make you hallucinate. The size that eats insects and mice and the size that eats kids and adults as well. Hanging in the trees or crawling among the bushes. All kinds of animals I’ve found; even once, I found a lion that I thought was going to devour me, but fortunately, he had other things on his mind.”


 

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life’s opportunities

The border seen from Macará, Ecuador from La Tina, Perú.

To live without borders

 

 

 

 

 

“My Momma use to say that the world was chock full of opportunities and one should always follow them, you know? So that´s how one I followed up on an opportunity to travel. The days went by and they turned into years… and the years went by turning into decades. Decades of travelling from one country to country, and then, from continent to continent.”


 

Mexico (Ciudad Cuahtémoc) seen from Guatemala (La Mesilla)

 

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About how to move around

Launching Sapsurro pier Sapsurro, El Chocó, Colombia
Puerto Obaldía, Darien Panmá

“I believe that I have journeyed and wandered over the most part of the planet. In large and very modern airplanes, and as well, in the most rudimentary, antique and quite worn out ones. Yes, I have flown in tiny, small airplanes that took off from state of the art airports with amazing concrete runways, and I have landed in patches of dirt roads that could barely qualify as streets fit for ox-drawn carts. On transatlantic ships and canoes, and I have even sailed on warships, converted to other uses before they are finally retired from the seas.

The Kunas Archipielago of San Blas Guna Yala, Panama

. On double Decker buses that have two floors and on single floor buses that almost have no floor at all from so much wear and tear. On motorcycles and motorcycle tuk-tuk taxis and even on row boats. On occasional bicycle-taxis, all of those operated by people whose skins show the widest range of colours and who talk in languages that are incredibly so different among themselves.”

Anchored Sapsurrop Bay El Chocó Colombia

 

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