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Opinion Writing

Sobreviviendo los Estados Unidos

yo soy yo y mi circunstancia y si no la salvo a ella no me salvo yo

José Ortega y Gasset

Las circunstancias que llevan a una familia, o a una persona, a emigrar pueden ser tan distintas como inesperadas. En mi caso, las circunstancias que llevaron a que mi vida pasara de estar en Bolivia a estar en los EE.UU. no tuvieron sentido alguno. Me tomaría años deschipar ese embrollo y entender porque mi familia decidió emigrar.

En ese momento la idea que escuché (de los adultos); antes de viajar, era que la vida es mejor allá, que vas a vivir con tu papá. Lo único que yo llegué a entender de esas palabras fue que había una expectativa y anticipación inmensa. Nadie se sentó a explicarme ¿qué querían decir con lo de ‘la vida es mejor allá‘? o ¿por qué íbamos a dejar de vivir con mamá?

Virginia, EE. UU. invierno del 2010
Dos años después de haber llegado una tormenta de nieve nos encerró por dos semanas, ese fue uno de los inviernos más largo que mis hermanas y yo habíamos vivido hasta entonces. Virginia, EE. UU. diciembre del 2009
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Recién Nacida

Para una familia que creció fracturada, debido a los caprichos e injurias de algunas personas, el verse junta hoy; como lo está en estas fotos; se siente como un acto de protesta. Se siente como una enmienda a las heridas y ofensas del pasado.

Toda la familia en la piscina, 2 de Junio del 2021.
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Writing

How to Pay Your Student Loans and Stay Sane

I always worried about them but the first time I cried over them was when my girlfriend and I started talking about our money situation. For the first time I discussed my debt, in details, with someone. She knew I had student loans to pay, I had just never pondered too long about how much it will affect my future, perhaps it was my way of keeping it from turning into a bigger anxiety than it already was. Early on I decided I would pay them as fast as my bank account and my common sense allowed me to. I had read this article about a person that paid 75k worth of student loans in 5 years, so I thought to myself “I own 65k, I probably can do the same.” A little naive, but not too crazy of a thought. I also made the choice to not let it take over my life, like the person in the article did. I didn’t want to make ramen noodles cups part of my regular diet or have no savings after 5 years of working as a so called “adult.” Yet there I was, three years into my debt, crying over my debt while my girlfriend tries to console me.

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News Uncategorized

2020 Elections Vs. Trump

Twelve years ago, around this time, I remember having only been in the United States for less than a year when George W. Bush; standing in a podium in front of the white house, concluded his presidential term by welcoming the incoming president and saying “this peaceful transfer of power is one of the hallmarks of a true democracy” that simple statement, to me, it was as much of a cultural shock as the new language, and learning that people from all over the world call this place home.

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Review

Beats (2019)


Beats, based on Kieran Hurley’s play; of the same name, and Co-written and directed by Brian Welsh (Black Mirror: The Entire History of You) tells the story of two teenagers living in the mid ’90s in a poor suburb of Scotland. On the surface the plot is reminencent of 2007’s Superbad: ackward teenagers attempting to make it to a party while facing lot of logisticla and humours obstacles. However, just few minutes in, the film unfolds to a graceful coming-of-age story that has lot of fun scenes that mix with the sad realization that these friends are growing apart by the circumstances surrouding them.

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Writing

El amor en los tiempos del machismo

Las malas costumbres de la sociedad que hasta hoy en día siguen siendo injusta con las mujeres perpetua una idea errónea de ellas al representarlas únicamente como estereotípicas madres, solteras, viudas, sentimentales, etc. Incluso el simple echo de ver a las mujeres como personas ‘difíciles de entender’ es dañino ya que repercute en la mente de toda una población. Yo que me considero una persona progresiva pensé que bien sabía de estas obvias, y no tan obvias, maneras en las que la sociedad siempre a puesto a las mujeres en desventaja. Pero, para mi desconcierto, y después de conocer y conversar con mujeres feministas, empecé a entender que yo y toda mis ideas (que me hacías sentir progresivo) no llegaban a ser más que un pobre vistazo a un problema aún más grande. Una de esas mujeres es Rachel, una lectora voraz y de una inteligencia enciclopédica, algo que se hace evidente cuando conversas con ella por esa sencillez sin pretensiones con la que dice las cosas. En los mejores momentos de nuestras conversaciones me da la impresión de que todo lo a medido antes de decirlo, desde nuestras primeras charlas me asombro esa sencillez con la que se expresa. Yo que complicó hasta las cosas más simples veía en su forma de hablar una destreza admirable. Después de muchas conversaciones con ella descubrí que no me había dado cuenta hasta qué punto yo mismo, a pesar de todas mis buenas intenciones, también soy un buen ejemplo de esta sociedad que es injusta con las mujeres. Lo digo porque por momentos yo continuo acarreando, por puro hábito, las actitudes sexistas de esta sociedad. 

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Travel

Puerto Rico

My visit to Puerto Rico, was motivated mostly because it was my anniversary and for the love that my girlfriend and I share for the music that comes out of this island; but at the end this trip was memorable because of the sheer beauty of the place. Also how can I not mentioned Reggaeton. Being home to Reggaeton, a genre I saw taking off before my eyes and then becoming this sound that reached the whole world, that music that was the soundtrack of my teenager days was the first genre I felt I could identify with, so; yes, Reggaeton was a another big reason I felt allured by this place.

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School project

Reflexion acerca de El otoño del patriarca

El otoño del patriarca en muchas maneras es una interpretación de la historia, pero esta no termina ahí, esta novela esta llena de excesos: el primero es la manera en que esta escrita; de una manera muy-pero muy densa y casi sin ningún punto o coma, la conocida exageración del autor llega a sus limites, el personaje principal no solo esta aquejado por un montón de plagas, también tiene rasgos de animales, tiene un poder que va mas allá de lo político, es un poder que se asemeja al de un dios.

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Creative life

The Autumn of the Patriarch

El otoño del patriarca by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez  My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In this novel, as in most of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s work, history is at the center of the story,  The Autumn of the Patriarch takes us trough the history of a whole continent through one character. Very different from any of his other work, this book is unlike anything he has written because if his collections of short stories feel as if they were literary exercises, his novels express themselves with narratives full intention, in them there is a clear story that opens and closes itself. So, after finishing one of his novels there is no traces of ambiguity or spaces for doubt, something that doesn’t always happen in the short stories.

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Looking for a job

It’s was a Sunday night in January when I wrote this, it was forty-eight degrees outside, It was a warm night for a winter. That night I found myself unemployed, in love, and young; and like that winter night I felt rather optimist. The ambiguity that surrounded, and sort of still surrounds, my immediate future doesn’t affect my mood, it is a concern but nothing more. I like all the free time I have. It gives me space to unwind, to think about writing, and of projects of my own. I haven’t written for all this past year and that made me feel that I have been missing something. For example, it had been a year since I left college, I worked at my first full-time position, and I met someone I really enjoy being with. One would think I would have loved to write about these experiences, however, that year I have been absent for myself, I had no motivation to write much at all. The routine was killing my spirit, at least that is what I thought, but it wasn’t. Routine can be a good thing. What happened was that the work I was doing was minuscule, I was making changes and barely creating anything. I was doing so much of it did not leave me energy for myself to burn. This past year, at my job, I learned new things and I made good friends but after all it was too little reward for too much demand. The longer I seemed to stay the more comfortable I felt about the work I was doing. I did not like that conformity. Even though it was appealing because it came with a steady check and healthcare!. I felt I was at the verge of feeling miserable, I know I never reached that point. But, my character was being doll down. In that time learned I am curious about many thing outside design and dwelling into those things, for me, are a creative fuel of some sort. Unfortunately, the curious side of me was not being replenished when working on things I do not appreciate. Ideally I like to learn about the subject matter I am working on. Perhaps the search for a meaningful work of art, for a great movie, for an inspiring book, or even meeting interesting people. All that makes me feel creative. I draw inspiration from appreciating other people’s work as much as my own, and above all I have to care about the subject matter. I was not doing a lot of that. Now, in hindsight, I know of few things I will look for in my next jobs. Just so I avoid feeling like that again. I will look for places where I can appreciate the work, where I can work with people I can learn from, and; if is not asking too much, a place with projects that involve advocacy, storytelling, and/or technology.