Illegal immigrant: such an ugly term…

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-Ma’am! Ma’am! You are forgetting your plastic bag with vomit! The sentence is so, so strange, that I end up swallowing it with a shot of empathy for someone else’s misfortune and, instead, all that remains is silence - all that is heard in this (at least for me) unprecedented scene. Because silence is all that you can hear, as if from the bus seat I would be watching a silent movie. The poor girl, no doubt, has had arguably the worst journey of her life: with a month-old baby in her Read more [...]

From a distance, he looked just like him…

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Until that moment, he had been only words. Only words without a face. That doesn’t mean there is something totally wrong about it. That’s why literature is literature: everyone can imagine the characters as they want and, although the writer describes him with periods and moles, wrinkles and commas, on the reader's mind that character will always have different faces, depending on whoever reads the lines who cherish him. The problem is when the writer has not even clear how that character Read more [...]

No. I am not Charlie

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Boldly, I get off the plane and get on the bus with my head uncovered. Something I normally do since I can remember, except on those impossibly wet days that are so typical in the humid tropics where I come from, when only a hat can set some authority in front of such a hairy rebellion. But today, today is different. Today my uncovered head means defiance. Irreverence. Insurrection. Or at least, I think so. Today is different because I am at Riyadh’s airport. The story that brings me here Read more [...]

You never know where you might end up… or begin

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Just move and the path will appear -Zen proverb Dear readers: The rocking horse has been pretty quiet, gathering dust in the corner. That’s often the fate of yesteryear’s toys, those that are no longer used because, for our grown-up’s responsibilities’ sake, they are relegated to the corner of the things that can always wait and then become obsolete (as it usually happens with rocking horses) and, simply, one day, you don’t use them anymore at all. So rocking the horse again Read more [...]