"Los gatos andan con pasitos de gato, y la niebla con pasitos de niebla" // "Cats walk on little cat feet and fogs walk on little fog feet" - Richard Brautigan note : see Carl Sandburg's 1916 poem Fog for a clearer understanding : "The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and ciry on silent haunches and then moves on."
"Getting lost in the world is the best way to find yourself" Esther wore a smile like she wore her jewellery - self-made and authentic. I spent perhaps only a couple of hours with her, but it was enough to see the common views we shared on the world.
“La ignorancia y el oscurantismo en todos los tiempos no han producido más que rebaños de esclavos para la tiranía” - Emiliano Zapata // "Ignorance and obscurantism have never produced anything other than flocks of slaves for tyranny"
"Continuerai a farti scegliere o finalmente sceglierai" // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1QDverPGbM "Will you continue to make yourself be chosen - or will you finally choose?" A few words left by Mara as she left Madrid for a job interview here - be it in work or in love or in life - it is true to say that it is hard to tell which way to choose. when not choosing any way is already a choice. Foto
"Denke lauter, als andere schreien" // "Think louder when others scream" Tall, quite, but with a sarcastic sense of humour - I met Ilya at the doorstep of my hostel - a boyish but reassuring smile hidden away underneath a black hoodie - one hand holding a beer, the other tucked into his pocket as if he was waiting for a bus but not really counting the minutes.
"I am here to live while the soul permits, and here to die, when the hour arrives, in the veins of the people now and forever. Life is a lot to swallow, death is only a gulp. Miguel Hernández - Freshly arrived I had no one yet to got to museums and discover the city with – and most of all I wanted to make new friends. When I saw she was sketching in a notebook in the hostel it became clear she was going to be my new buddy. The only thing was…neither one of us spoke each others language
“Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love. If you must steal, steal away from bad company. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away.” Ten is the kind of guy you’d meet from afar and wonder what ethnic mixture is in his veins – between South African and Indian with an edge of Michael Jackson.
"Il n'y a pas de chance mais que du hazard (bien) organisé" // "There is no luck, only (well) organized probability" Left by someone I met at the doorstop of our hostel at 4am when a few words with what seemed to be an introverted traveller sparked him on a frenzy around anecdotes from his past trips that all aligned somehow in a narrow path between fortune and misfortune.
"La vie est toujours là dans ses innombrables nuances : avec un rire et une larme // "Life is always there in its countless nuances : with a laugh and a tear" - "Nos rêves sont les fils conducteurs de notre vie" // "Our dreams are the connecting threads of our lives" It was in her melancholic look that lingered at the reception desk that I found reasons to ask her for a quote. As she had just said and hugged Sergio goodbye - whom she and her friend connected with over the last few days...
"I gotta testify, come up in the spot looking extra fly Before the day I die, I'mma touch the sky" - Touch the Sky/Kanye West https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkwQbuAGLj4 Travelling through Europe from the States - this is the one song and one sentence Colin repeated to himself - headphones on his ears blasting these words and uplifting beats of hopes as he walked into every new city.
A reminder of what’s worth fighting for in life: the gratefulness we need to preserve when things in life are beautiful – and the will to fight that we need to preserve when things get rough. And if you ever get to met Giulia and hug her in person – you’ll know her hugs mean exactly that – whether they are there to say hello or goodbye.