Games in the park

Like all the kids, it seemed that in the eternity of time’s passage, his birthday would never arrive

Atardecer en el parque Guadalupe, Santander, Colombia
Evening in the park           Guadalupe, Santander, Colombia

   They were in the shade of the trees, gathered in one of the walkways of the park, exactly in front of the stone church that gave the town its special charm.

His mother had ordered a Mass to begin the celebration of his birthday. But now, the ceremony was over, and it was finally time to begin to play.

Lencha Camino al Salitre, Guadalupe, Santander, Colombia
Lencha           Camino al Salitre, Guadalupe, Santander, Colombia

     Rafita, the young teacher, was a guest of honor. At the moment, he was busy organizing the kids, for the series of games he had planned, under the cool shade of the trees in the lovely park.

“Well, I’m so sorry, but even Lencha, that old cow of yours, is faster than you!” he shouted, as he imitated the cow mooing in his impeccable, precise manner.

La bicicleta Guadalupe, Santander, Colombia
The bicycle           Guadalupe, Santander, Colombia

      It was going to be a race among the fastest of his friends. Magnifico was undoubtedly very quick, but he couldn’t help realizing that Danilo was as fast or even much more so than him. The race consisted in five long laps around the park. The winner would obtain a brightly coloured, wooden top.

     And it was, actually, more of an endurance test, as well as speed, for the park was very large, shaded by the palm trees that had been planted when his father was but a child. What the children enjoyed the most, however, was the huge fountain in the center where they would sit and chat and spend long bouts of conversation and laughter.

Memín Puebla, Puebla, México
Memín           Puebla, Puebla, México


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The bean patch

Eat when hungry and sleep when you feel sleepy

La calle Yucatán, Colonia Roma, Cdmex, México
 Yucatán Street,           Colonia Roma, Cdmex, México

And, as if it didn’t seem, there were enough things to be done; they also kept a patch where they grew beans, next to the bananas, and the yucca.

La glorieta Polanco, Cdmex, México
The roundabout          Polanco, Cdmex, México

Spread among these throughout the plot, they had coffee plants. The coffee was roasted in the house, on the kitchen stove, and it was the same coffee that father and son were drinking at the moment.

Torre latinoamericana ciudad de México, DF, México
Torre latinoamericana            Mexico, City DF, México

Magnífico loved to walk in the banana tree’s shade, but he especially liked to stretch out and lie down in the cool shade of the guada bamboo. There, he would say: I just sleep so good.



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The little village school

Outside,  a universe was waiting… until the day he learned to read

La Avenida Álvaro Obregón colonia Roma, Cdmex, México
Alvaro Obregon Ave.           Roma, Cdmex, México

A daily routine, possibly simple and straightforward, but still, it gave a meaning to his life. Certainly, it also gave him the possibility of earning the bread he ate at breakfast, which he would later enjoy together with his parents at home. By the time the sun had risen, Magnifico would have gone through many other chores.

Camino a Puebla Carretera a Puebla, Puebla, México
On the way to Puebla          Highway to Puebla, Puebla, México

At least, he was gradually leaving his childhood behind him, for now, he stayed all day working at the farm. Before, when he was eight years old, he would have to walk for sixty minutes to get to the village. He would attend classes in the small rural school, with the other kids form the surroundings villages and farms. In a way, he liked to go to school. Rafita, the teacher talked about all these interesting things, and most importantly, he learned to read there (well, also to write…).

Mural callejero Calles de la Roma, Cdmex, México
The serpent         Roma, Cdmex, México

That, together with the books he borrowed, opened up a huge new world, which he cultivated for the rest of his life. Besides, he had to admit he had learned useful things, for example, adding and subtracting. How else would he handle the farm´s earnings, when he was older and it was his turn to manage it? Then, there were all the kids he had gotten to know that lived nearby, especially Maria Camila…


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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.


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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