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You can say it in English, Spanish, German or Greek.
Everytime has the same meaning.


I was in Syros. The day before I had arrived to the island. That day I wake up very soon and I began to walk around the city.
First I went to the main square with its beautiful and neoclassical city hall. Also I search the bar “Peyote” where that night there was a concert. A singer from Peru but who lives in Syros sang typicall songs of the Spanish culture. It was nice and the day before a greek girl who speaks Spanish and who had lived in Barcelona talk to me about it. The name of that pretty girl is Rosa and also he worked in that bar.

I found the bar and I continued my long walk.

My goal was the beautiful chora and the catholic cathedral. I was so impressed with all those white houses and narrow streets. That was amazing. And no one of theme was equal. Besides they were tilted cause the hill.

Well, finally, after a long walk and after a few cats I arrived to the cathedral. It was a pity: there were scaffoldings everywhere.
However I prepare the tripod and the long lens and I shot and shot... but not to the cathedral.

But then, someone came to me and ask me something. He was behind me and I didn’t see him at the beginning.
He spoke Greek.
I turned back and I saw him. He was an old man and I said to him in English that I don’t speak Greek.
Then he said to me: “Tu, capito italiano?” (I’m sorry if this is not correct) and I answer him “Io capito un poo italiano” (I spoke with the accent of Michael Corleone because I’ve seen too times the Godfather).
He spoke about his live.
He spoke about his youth.
He spoke about how he learnt italian.
He spoke about the fascist italian in the island and how they became free.


Finally he said to me had to go. His wife was waiting him in his house (it was time to lunch).
But before, I asked him if I could take one photo and he agreed.


Sometimes, if you want to learnt about life and about people you can travel but you should avoid that kind of turism where you don’t see real people.
And, at least but not less important: sometimes, if you want to be free, you have to fight.



PD: that day, at the evening, I went to Anno Syros, later I was in a performance close the “Bohème” and finally I was in that concert where I met very nice people, especially people from Argentina and Spain who live in the island

PD (2): (added today because I wrote yesterday the note) also I want to dedicate this picture to Polonaise, who would have done it in a very different way... whereever you are, good luck!!!

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