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The last sunset of the year 2017. The pink hour turning into the blue hour.

There are many places in the world where things are not quite smooth in terms of the relationships between various ethnic or national groups. In Tortosa, the tension is amplified by the physical location where people are placed. The east bank of the river Ebro belongs to the “European” Catalonia. The west one (the left side in this photo) is inhabited by immigrants, mainly from various parts of Africa, including the north of that continent.

The difference is visible even in the architecture – plain residential blocks on the left, historic Tortosa on right. But it was during my photographic forays to the west side of the river (one of the best sunset viewpoints was there, on a beach almost completely covered with dog’s poo…) that it became the most obvious. Standing on a footbridge (same place where this photo was taken from), on a Sunday morning (which also happened to be the morning of the New Year’s Eve) I saw lots of people crossing the river on their way to work (where else would they be going, in the darkness, at 7 am, many wearing uniforms of e.g. a street cleaning company?). A couple of hours later, on my way back to the hotel, I had an opportunity to observe completely different activities on the east bank: people walking, cycling or running, all dressed in expensive outdoor gear. In the evening the division was equally obvious – the “East Bank Tortosians” enjoying their time in cafés and restaurants while the inhabitants of the opposite side of the Ebro sat by the river watching the world go by.

At the blue hour, both sides of the river look equally attractive, with the evening lights switched on and anything you would find ugly or disturbing hidden in the darkness. Divided city united by night. But only in the photo.

This is my post on the occasion of Epiphany. I chose it, because, (not very clearly visible but I remember it well), on the top of the tower of the church on the left, there is the shining Star of Bethlehem. The star that led the Three Kings, each of them of different ethnicity, to the baby Jesus.

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Additional Photos by Kasia Nowak (kasianowak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1197 W: 3 N: 1982] (12177)
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