MY TOP 10 TRAVEL EXPERIENCES

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10. Seeing an engagement atop the Eiffel Tower. (Oct. 2014)

9. Sled riding down the Great Wall of China. (July 2015)

8. Witnessing Black Bears sleep walking in Vancouver. (February 2014)

7. Eating whale in Norway. (May 2015)

6. Skydiving over the red rocks in Arizona. (August 2015)

5. Meeting a ski Olympian at the real Matterhorn in Switzerland. (June 2015)

4. Paddle boarding and being saved by an Aussie in St. Marteen. (Aug. 2014)

3. Witnessing a giant green turtle birth 70 eggs in Tulum, Mexico. (July 2011)

2. Swimming next to a dolphin in Florida. (August 2014)

1. Visiting Anne Frank’s House in Amsterdam. (May 2015)

LA CAJA MÁGICA

Si tuviese una cajita mágica, pondría

El lunar que heredé de mi Ama.
Aquel chorrito, el que se hacia grandote y se hacia chiquito.
Los bailables con mi hermana y primas, con zapatos viejos y con el pelo suelto.

Pondría

El esfuerzo que puse al aprender inglés.
Las naricitas que, con mucho cariño, a mis sobrinos les robe.
Las cartas para el chico del apartamento 512 no entregadas.

Pondría

Mi debilidad a mis hermanos.
Aquellas tardes en bici por Tulum, gritando “tope!”
La luna madrileña quien cuido de mi esas noches azules y frías.

Pondría

Una naranja dulce, y un limón partido.
Un vals, para un día bailar con mi papa en el cielo.
Las alas de mis sueños, para ser libre y feroz frente al fracaso.

Ah sí, también pondría
El consuelo escondido dentro de una tortilla con sal.

WHEN PEPE DID MY HAIR

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Pepe, around the age he started doing my hair.

It was 1995 in Celaya, Mexico. I lived with my mom, three older brothers, twin sister y de vez en cuando with my dad.

With the sunrise, came routine. Mi Ama trabajaba bien y con orgullo; so, she was the first to leave the house. Next, were Carlos and Gera; they worked to help with the gastos. Which meant that my brother Pepe was left responsible for my sister and me.

We went to la escuela de la tarde. To get ready for school, Pepe used a trastecito with water, a comb, and a sliced lime cut in half. After many enigmatic twists, he managed to fasten the ponytail and tame my unruly baby hair with lime as the stylizing balm. It was no easy feat for either of us; and, more often than not, we ended mad at each other.

Fast-forward to 2011 Continue reading